The New Mangalore Port Trust (NMPT) on Tuesday handled two naval ships, INS Tabar and INS Kochi, that carried liquid medical oxygen containers, oxygen cylinders and concentrators donated by the Government of Kuwait.
In a tweet, Mansukh Mandaviya, Union Minister of State for Ports, Shipping and Waterways (I/C) & Chemicals & Fertilizers, said the clearance of oxygen cargo was being ensured with utmost priority.
The Indian Navy had launched ‘Samudra Setu-II’ last month to meet the country’s oxygen requirement amid the surge in Covid-19 cases.
It may be recalled that the port in Mangaluru handled INS Kolkata, that reached the port on May 10, carrying life-saving 40 MT oxygen and oxygen cylinders, oxygen concentrators from Kuwait. The NMP had also received INS Talwar, carrying 40 metric tonnes (MT) of liquid medical oxygen filled in ISO cryogenic containers from Bahrain on May 6.