The recently amalgamated Ethiopian Shipping and Logistics Service Enterprise (ESLCE) is said to be restructuring once again to split its services into four different divisions.
The state enterprise that has exclusively undertaken the multimodal shipping process as of last fiscal year has been faced with various problems in the import/export service that have hampered it from efficiently assuming its responsibility.
Hence the multimodal scheme, monopolised by ESLCE, did not succeed as the government had expected, and thus the uni-modal scheme has been partially reintroduced in the last few months.
While it has not officially been confirmed by the relevant government offices, sources say that the government is considering other possibilities that will allow the private sector to be part of the new scheme.
Meanwhile, although several potential solutions have been implemented in the last few months the problem is not fully solved.
Sources at the enterprise told Capital that new structure is in the process of being implemented in the shipping, transport and dry port sectors.
According to sources, the new structure will divide the enterprise into four divisions: shipping, logistic, supportive, and terminal. With this restructuring it is hoped that the services at ESLCE will be accelerated. Sources said that candidates for leadership within the terminal and logistics division will be appointed from outside, while the shipping and supportive divisions will be led by existing ESLCE staff.
In November of last year when the amalgamation of Ethiopian Shipping Lines, Ethiopian Dry Port Enterprise and Maritime and Logistics Enterprise took place to form the new enterprise known as the ESLCE, the heads of the shipping lines and the dry port enterprise were replaced by newcomers.
A few weeks ago Ahmed Yasin, head of logistics, submitted his resignation to the maritime board chaired by Mekuria Haile, Minister of Urban Development and Construction.
According to sources, Chief Engineer Alemu Ambaye, who replaced Ambachew Abraha, the former CEO of Ethiopian Shipping Lines, in November 2011, will continue in his position managing the shipping division.
The terminal division that overlooks the activity of dry ports in the new enterprise is now led by Eyassu Yemam, who was appointed to the position of Ewnetu Taye, former head of dry port services. Sources said that the new head will come on the new restructure for the terminal division.
Back in June, the enterprise was under restructuring to split into two big sectors: Shipping and Logistics, headed by two vice CEO’s that were going to be appointed by the board. This restructuring was expected to be implemented shortly, but the board ultimately rejected the idea.