Updated: Apr 8, 2018
Six months bidding process with United Nations Mission in South Sudan with multiple extensions was sanctioned by the award of 6 contracts to East Africa's main logistic companies, of which FFK primed the largest budget at 9.3M$ more than doubling all other contenders together.
Following July 2017 civil unrest, conducting logistic operations in South Sudan became more restricted and certainly more difficult, not only because of the growing insecurity on the roads from the border posts to main cities such as Juba, Rumbek, etc, but due to severe weather conditions on already vastly deteriorated road network.
Strategic food supplies
“feeding the soldiers became a politic weapon overused by the local Governors.”
At this time, we had over 40 x 40 ventilated Liner containers on the way to Juba from our yard in Mombasa, packed with food supplies for the stores of the UN Peace Keeping Soldiers and of course, greatly wanted by all others.
One week of hell
While trucks and drivers were directed to safe heaven in the vicinity of Juba, the battles raged all over the town, ending in large casualties. It was only on the 4th day that we managed to get an armed vehicle from the UNMISS to escort our bullet ridden containers and trucks, and our drivers from their hide-out to the UN compound.
Fastest turn-around ever
“20 trucks off-loaded in a day.”
Upon completion of this operation, the very well documented monitoring and reporting allowed us to send an additional invoice to the UN of over 300K$ which was paid at 100% thanks to our ability to demonstrate having made the right choices consecutively during this ordeal.
To keep up with remote logistic operations, whether for UN peace keeping operations, NGOs, or private contractors operating in dangerous and/or post war territories, I will offer a consultancy plan clearly pointing the risks itinerant to the operation and its development in time, and highlighting the contingency measures to consider to alleviate these risks and deliver your goods to your client on time and under budget.