Extending a hand of support in time of distress, Adani Ports and SEZ (APSEZ) has waived charges for ships exclusively carrying COVID-related equipment and said such vessels will be given priority berthing.
With COVID cases increasing rapidly, India is currently facing its worst nightmare. The surge in COVID-19 cases is straining its already stressed healthcare infrastructure. Hospitals have faced oxygen shortage, and the private sector has lent a helping hand to aid the government. Countries from the US to Australia pledged help for India as new infections topped 3 lakh for the sixth day.
“In view of the requirement of oxygen and related equipment (medical grade oxygen, oxygen tanks, oxygen bottles, portable oxygen generators, oxygen concentrators, steel pipes for manufacturing oxygen cylinders, etc.) it has been decided to give priority berthing to vessel carrying Covid-related cargo,” APSEZ said on Twitter. Also, the ports operated by the firm “will not charge any storage or handling charges for these types of equipment, Covid-related cargo being handled in any mode of storage.”
“Additionally, the port will not charge any vessel-related charges for the vessels calling the port exclusively for Covid related equipment,” it said.
Stating that evacuation of such cargo will be given utmost priority, APSEZ asked all shipping lines and agencies to make a declaration of the subject cargo while declaring the vessel.
These measures, it said, will become applicable with immediate effect and will be valid for a period of 3 months.
Separtately, Adani Group also informed that it has “secured 7 more cryogenic tanks” from Thailand.
Four of these were airlifted by IAF from Bangkok on Monday.
“Cryogenic tanks are tremendously useful now since a lot more life-saving oxygen can be transported in liquid than in gas form,” it said. “Thank you @airproducts for arranging to give us these tanks at short notice. Your help means a lot to the people of India.”
Furthermore, the Adani Group on Monday said it has 12 ready-to-use cryogenic tanks to transport liquid oxygen from Dubai.
Our Indian Air Force team is back in Dubai. They have airlifted the remaining 6 cryogenic tanks to India today. Thank you, Dubai, @AmbKapoor, @IAF_MCC and Caley Energy @CaleyFzco for helping us to make this happen. Jai Hind! https://t.co/nU6XdifLKP pic.twitter.com/4COJu9K1dY— Adani Group (@AdaniOnline) April 27, 2021
This came within days of the group arranging four ISO cryogenic tanks with 80 tons of liquid oxygen from Saudi Arabia.