Govt directs Major Ports to waive off all charges for ships carrying oxygen & related equipment/cargo

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Highest berthing priority to be given tooxygen related consignments

In view of the excessive requirement of oxygen and related equipment in the country, the Government of India has directed all Major Ports, including Kamarajar Port Ltd, to waive off all charges levied by the Major Port Trusts (including vessel related charges, storage charges, etc.) and accordhighest priorityin the berthing sequence to vessels carrying consignments of:

* Medical grade oxygen

* Oxygen tanks

* Oxygen bottles

* Portable oxygen generators

* Oxygen concentrators

* Steel pipes for manufacturing oxygen cylinders and associated equipment

This applies for the next 3 months, or until further orders, informed an official communiqu.

Port Chairpersons have been asked to personally supervise logistics operations to ensure unhindered movement of such consignments and berthing of such vessels on top priority at the port, besides unloading of oxygen related cargo, coordination with Customs and other authorities for speedy clearance/documentation, and expeditious evacuation of oxygen related cargo from port.
In case the vessel is carrying other cargo/containers in addition to oxygen related cargo, waiver of charges on pro-rata basis, considering the overall cargo or containers handled at port, should be provided for oxygen related cargo in such vessels.

The Ministry of Ports, Shipping and Waterways will monitor the details of such vessels, cargo, and time taken at the port from the entry of vessel in the port limits to exit of cargo from port gate.

The Government of Indiais deeply engaged in handling the crisis pertaining to the second wave of Covid-19 in the country and is taking all steps to counter the situation through appropriate and innovative measures, the release emphasised.