INS Shakti with a batch of medical-grade oxygen arrives at Colombo harbor

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INS Shakti with a batch of medical-grade oxygen arrives at Colombo harbor


Sun, Aug 22, 2021, 09:19 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Aug 22, Colombo: Indian Navy Ship INS Shakti carrying a consignment of medical-grade liquid oxygen, ordered from India, arrived in Colombo Port today, the Sri Lanka Navy said.

INS Shakti, rushed to Sri Lanka in response to a request made by Sri Lanka Navy Commander Vice Admiral Nishantha Ulugetenne from the Chief of Naval Staff of India, Admiral Karambir Singh left the Visakhapatnam Port with freight of approx. 100 tons of oxygen on 19th August 2021 and arrived at the port of Colombo this evening (22nd August).

INS Shakti is a 175m long Fleet Tanker in service with the Indian Navy. The ship is manned by a crew of 158 and commanded by Captain ABY Mathew.

The visiting ship was welcomed adhering to COVID-19 protocols in effect, at the port of Colombo by Sri Lanka Navy.

Upon unloading the 05 containers of medical grade oxygen brought in, the ship is scheduled to depart the island on 23rd August, carrying the empty ones back.

Sri Lanka Navy Commander is expected to make a visit of inspection at the Unity Container Terminal (UCT) Monday at the Colombo harbor, where INS Shakti is berthed alongside.

Meanwhile, Sri Lanka Naval Ship SLNS Shakthi that left Trincomalee harbor for Chennai port in India on 17th August for a shipment of medical-grade oxygen reached the port of Chennai on 18th August. Taking the delivery of oxygen the ship departed Chennai on 20th August and is scheduled to arrive in Colombo midnight today (22nd August) with approx. 40 tons of oxygen consignment.

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