by Staff Correspondent
Continuing the support of the Indian armed forces to the fight against the surge of Covid 19, INS Shardul, ferried back 319 Metric Tonnes (MT) of liquid medical Oxygen from Kuwait and UAE, later arrived at the New Mangalore Port on Tuesday.
The ship was deployed by the Indian Navy for transportation of liquid medical Oxygen from Gulf countries. The deployment was as a part of the Op -Samudra Setu II, launched by the Indian Navy in support of the national effort to fight COVID-19 pandemic.
The deployment of INS Shardul bringing back the vital Oxygen, also included 1200 filled Oxygen cylinders which would help the crisis struck state of Karnataka.
INS Shardul was deployed on 03 May 2021 to Kuwait for embarkation of liquid medical Oxygen containers. The ship embarked eight International Standardisation Organisation (ISO) containers, two semi-trailers of liquid medical Oxygen and 1200 Oxygen cylinders at Kuwait from 12-16 May 2021. The ship also embarked three more ISO containers of liquid medical Oxygen at Fujairah, UAE on 19 May 2021 enroute to India.
The ship unloaded seven ISO containers, two semi-trailers of liquid medical Oxygen and 1200 Oxygen cylinders at New Mangalore port followed by four ISO containers of liquid medical Oxygen at Kochi.
As part of operation Samudra Setu II, the Indian Navy has deployed its frontline warships including destroyers, frigates, tankers, and amphibious ships for shipment of medical Oxygen-filled cryogenic containers and associated medical equipment from various countries in support of the nation’s fight against Covid-19.
The deployment of these warships’ forms part of the multiple lines of efforts by the Government Of India and the Indian Navy to supplement the Oxygen requirement in the whole country.