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Hurricane Irma / Panalpina was called to help. [Humanitarian Logistics]


24 hours can seem endless when a hurricane passes over you. The people of Saint Martin had to live through this experience on Wednesday, September 6, as Hurricane Irma battered the Caribbean island causing widespread devastation and severely damaging Princess Juliana International Airport (SXM). The category 5 storm left the island’s residents isolated and in desperate need for aid, and Panalpina was called to help.

At 10:42 am on Friday, September 8, Panalpina received an urgent call from the Netherlands Red Cross asking for assistance to get 65 tons of relief cargo for Saint Martin on board a KLM flight due to depart to Curaçao in less than 24 hours. KLM had offered the capacity free of charge on their next day’s flight from Amsterdam to Curaçao International Airport (CUR), located about 900 km away from Saint Martin.

“When we received the call, a time frame of 24 hours seemed like a very short period, but Panalpina Netherlands took the lead in this challenging task and put an operational team together in order to get the job done, acting as the central coordinator between the goods’ supplier, the overland carrier, the Netherlands Red Cross, KLM Operations, and handling agent Menzies,” says Gerard Braams, Panalpina’s Air Freight procurement specialist in the Netherlands.

Panalpina set up direct links between the different contacts to ensure a timely process. Three trucks with plastic sheeting and jerry cans departed from Ronse, Belgium at 3.00 pm for delivery to Menzies in Amsterdam. Other goods such as solar equipment and generators were supplied by third parties directly to the Panalpina Amsterdam warehouse, where the required documentation was prepared.

Delivery took place at 9 pm, the cargo was labeled and screened, and all goods were ready to fly by 1 am on Saturday. The flight took off at 8.15 am. Upon arrival in Curaçao, Panalpina’s agent CACC, who lead the operation and communication in Curaçao, took over the goods and set up an air-bridge with Saint Martin, whose airport was by then partially habilitated to receive smaller aircraft.

The Panalpina Charter Network booked and transferred a commercial Hercules C-130 from the US to Curaçao. Due to its maximum payload of 18 tons, it took 4 rotations to deliver all cargo to Saint Martin. As the landing strip was damaged and the military had taken control of both facilities and airspace, close contact and communication were necessary to coordinate the delivery.

Between the third and fourth rotation, Panalpina sent the Hercules to Queen Beatrix International Airport (AUA) in Oranjestad, Aruba to collect an additional load of three Red Cross pickup trucks, which were delivered in Saint Martin successfully.

Unfortunately, after having loaded the last 18 tons of cargo in Curaçao, the Hercules had to wait until the potentially catastrophic Hurricane Maria passed. The fifth and last flight of the operation took place as soon as the airport reopened, completing a successful mission.

“Depending on the circumstances, time can seem relative, but help should be universal and Panalpina would like to thank the Netherlands Red Cross for counting on us for this important relief effort. We wish the people of Saint Martin a quick and complete recovery,” comments Gijs Peeters, Panalpina’s country head of air freight for the Netherlands

Posted at 06:49   パーマリンク


Deutsche Post DHL Group and United Nations Development Programme Hold Airport Disaster Preparedness Workshops in Bali and Lombok [Humanitarian Logistics]


Germany's Deutsche Post DHL Group and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) are once again conducting their joint preventative training, known as Get Airports Ready for Disaster (GARD), from September 5 to 9 at Bali's Ngurah Rai International Airport, Lombok International Airport and Selaparang Airport in Lombok. Indonesia was the pilot country when the program was implemented globally in 2009 - in Makassar and Palu.

Indonesia is located on the Pacific Ring of Fire where several continental plates collide. As a result, the chain of islands is at frequent risk of earthquakes, tsunamis and active volcanoes. Additionally, Bali and Lombok are categorized as high risk areas in the Indonesian Disaster Risk Index (2013). Airports in both provinces experienced operations shutdown due to volcanic eruptions from nearby Mount Rinjani.

The multi-day workshop involves over 50 participants - including representatives from the airport operating company, aviation safety experts, national and regional Disaster Management Planning Agencies, Indonesian Red Cross, immigration authorities, the military and the police force - who will be trained to handle the high volume of incoming relief goods and increasing number of passengers during the aftermath of natural disasters.

"Following natural disasters, airports become vital hubs for the processing of incoming relief supplies," says Christof Ehrhart, Head of Corporate Communications and Responsibility at Deutsche Post DHL Group. "With sound processes in place at the airport and with the relevant agencies, relief goods and aid can be channeled through airports to reach the affected communities quickly and efficiently. This program continues to help improve disaster management in this geologically high-risk region."

"Often airports are unprepared to manage large disasters or humanitarian crisis and as a result, assistance gets slower in getting to those most affected. GARD is working specifically with all partners on the ground to solve any potential bottlenecks that could impede fast response to save lives. I praise the Indonesian government for its commitment to preparedness and the airport authorities for their risk informed management." says United Nations Resident Coordinator in Indonesia, Douglas Broderick.

The training includes evaluation of the airports' capacities for processing high volumes of passengers and cargo and warehousing relief supplies. Location-specific disaster plans are drawn up as well.

Since 2009, GARD trainings have been held in eight airports in Indonesia, namely Sultan Hassanuddin Airport in Makassar (2009), Mutiara Airport in Palu (2009), Ngurah Rai Airport (old airport) in Denpasar (2011), El Tari Airport in Kupang (2011), Polonia Airport in Medan (2012), Sultan Iskandarsyah Airport in Banda Aceh (2012), Fatmawati Airport in Bengkulu (2012) and Minangkabau Airport in Padang (2013).

About GARD
In 2009 GARD was developed by Deutsche Post DHL Group in cooperation with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) with the aim of preparing airports in disaster-prone areas to handle the surge of incoming relief goods after a natural disaster occurs. It also enables the various organizations and aid agencies to better understand the processes at the airport in the aftermath of a disaster, which will help facilitate relief efforts and enhance overall coordination.

To date, GARD workshops have been held at 34 airports in Armenia, Bangladesh, the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, India, Indonesia, Jordan, Lebanon, Macedonia, Nepal, Panama, Peru, the Philippines, the Seychelles, Sri Lanka and Turkey.

GARD trainers and training materials are provided free-of-charge by Deutsche Post DHL Group while UNDP leads the project implementation and facilitates the coordination with the government authorities. GARD training workshop arrangements and logistics costs are fully covered by UNDP with funding contribution by the government of Germany.

GARD is an integral part of Deutsche Post DHL Group's GoHelp program in which the Group pools all of its activities related to disaster preparedness and management. As a form of crisis prevention, GARD workshops are used to prepare airports for coping with potential natural disasters. Should a disaster strike, Disaster Response Teams (DRTs) provide emergency aid and ensure that relief supplies can be accepted in a coordinated manner and passed on to the correct aid organizations.

The DRTs were established in cooperation with the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA). They encompass a worldwide network of more than 400 volunteers, all specially trained employees of Deutsche Post DHL Group.

Posted at 22:19   パーマリンク


United Nations and Deutsche Post DHL Group showcase how public-private partnerships make a difference in humanitarian action [Humanitarian Logistics]


New publication reveals that the private sector is becoming an important partner to the United Nations in disaster risk reduction, emergency preparedness, response and recovery
Case studies such as Deutsche Post DHL's Disaster Response program GoHelp show which key factors are critical for a successful public-private partnership

Deutsche Post DHL Group and the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) have issued a publication - Combining Capabilities - which showcases the growing importance of public-private partnerships in humanitarian action. The publication, launched during the World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul, illustrates a variety of innovative and effective case studies. It demonstrates that public-private partnerships are essential for addressing humanitarian needs in today's world. It also sheds light on how such partnerships work in practice, what challenges exist, and what makes them successful in the long run.

"The world does not lack the capabilities to tackle global challenges, but it often lacks the vision to forge alliances to make the best use of our individual strengths. Combining our capabilities enhances the potential to solve many problems," said Frank Appel, Chief Executive Officer at Deutsche Post DHL Group. "The World Humanitarian Summit is taking place at a time when the world is facing a number of critical challenges. Public-private partnerships represent an effective, forward-looking model to sustainably solve them. Our publication offers practical guidance for organizations looking to leverage their services and resources through collaboration that delivers social value."

"As the number and impact of disasters and complex emergency situations continue to grow, humanitarian organizations cannot go it alone - a concerted international response is needed," said Kyung-wha Kang, UN Assistant Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator. "Working with partners such as Deutsche Post DHL Group improves the speed, quality and effectiveness of our response to people in need. Together we can build local, national and regional capacity to prepare for disasters and to mitigate risks."

Beyond profiling Deutsche Post DHL Group's own expertise, experience and learnings from ten years of successful GoHelp collaboration with the United Nations, the report showcases many other successful partnership models in place all over the world. Global players such as Ericsson and MasterCard and 'local heroes' such as Madagascar's Telma Foundation which contributed to the publication share their stories and provide insight into how such partnerships work in practice.

Success factors for partnerships include agreement on common guiding principles, the leveraging of core competencies, building local capacity, establishing a clear separation between humanitarian and commercial activities, and developing predictable, long-term partnerships, all geared to meet identified needs. The publication highlights that partnerships between humanitarian actors and private sector companies should be developed with the shared goal of alleviating human suffering and providing quality assistance to those most in need. It will also help increase awareness and understanding of the critical role of private sector partnerships in life-saving humanitarian action.

The partnership between the United Nations and Deutsche Post DHL Group
Over ten years ago, Deutsche Post DHL Group joined forces with the UN to help improve disaster management. In collaboration with OCHA, the Group deploys Disaster Response Teams (DRTs) to provide on-site logistics support at affected airports in the wake of a natural disaster. Together with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the company also runs the Get Airports Ready for Disaster (GARD) program, which helps to prepare airports in areas at risk of natural catastrophes. Known collectively as the GoHelp program, both initiatives demonstrate the power of public-private partnerships with a clear focus, long-term approach and successful track record. They showcase how the combination of very different capabilities and strengths can be an essential asset for emergency preparedness and response.

Posted at 19:09   パーマリンク

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