Friday, March 23, 2018

PNG Earthquake Response Logistics Situation Update (21 March 2018)
March 21, 2018


The Australian Defence Force, (ADF) is considering requests for assistance, using the Hercules C-130J, for ad-hoc rotations between Port Moresby/Mt Hagen and Moro, into early next week.
The RAAF C-130J at Moro Airport last Saturday.-Picture by MALUM NALU

 Request for Assistance (RFA), must be submitted for requests to be considered, and the Australian DFAT has requested agency distribution plans for their consideration when making a decision on the acceptance of the task.
Oil Search Limited (OSL) has granted the use of their Moro facility as a logistics hub for operations to the earthquake affected areas that are only accessible via helicopter.
 This offer is conditional upon having a humanitarian logistics officer present as the focal point, as they transition the response to humanitarian partners.
OSL wrote to the Office of the Emergency Controller outlining the scope of their support.
While many access roads are being re-established, last-mile transport to locations only reachable via helicopter continues to be a major constraint for the response.
The Logistics Working Group is working on identifying commercial options to ensure that remote communities can be reached, however it needs the cooperation of the cluster leads to identify those communities.


ADF’s 3 Chinooks Helicopters, currently in Mt Hagen, are fully tasked and are not accepting further requests for airlift until their departure back to Australia, scheduled in the next few days.
Oil Search Limited has two Bell Helicopters stationed in Moro, which can be requested for airlift to affected areas on cost-recovery basis.
Mission Aviation Fellowship also has a number of available air assets - Twin Otter - on cost-recovery basis.


PNGDF truck assets have been requested by the Office of the Controller for use in the response around Hela and Southern Highlands.


Lae’s port is fully functional, with a yard for storage, and it is the recommended port of arrival for humanitarian cargo.
The road connecting Lae to Mt Hagen and Mendi is currently passable.
Options for river / barge movement via the Kikori river, and from Port Moresby to Lae, are also being looked into as an additional transportation options for goods bound to earthquake-affected areas and between major entry point of arrivals for humanitarian cargo.

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