Major Ports Waive-Off Charges For Ships Carrying Oxygen Cargo: Centre

Ministry of Ports, Shipping and Waterways will monitor the details of such vessels (Representational)

Highlights

  • Highest priority to be given to oxygen related cargo
  • Port chairpersons to personally supervise logistic operations
  • Ministry of Ports, Shipping and Waterways to monitor details

New Delhi:

The Government of India has directed all major ports, including the Kamarajar Port Limited, to waive-off all charges levied by Major Port Trusts including vessel related charges, storage charges etc, the Ministry of Ports, Shipping and Waterways said today. These ports have also been directed to accord highest priority in the berthing sequence to the 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 for the next three months, or until further orders, said the ministry. According to the ministry, port chairpersons have been asked to personally supervise logistic operations to ensure unhindered movement of such consignments for berthing of such vessel on top priority in the port, unloading of oxygen related cargo, coordination with Customs and other authorities for speedy clearance/documentation and expeditious evacuation of oxygen related cargo from port.

The ministry further stated that in case the vessel is carrying other cargo/containers in addition to above said 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 to such vessels.

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