Sri Lanka Naval Ship (SLNS) Shakthi left the Trincomalee harbour for the Port of Chennai, India this morning (17th August 2021) for a shipment of medical grade oxygen to Sri Lanka. Accordingly, the ship will take the delivery of the above item ordered from the Indian government, in order to maintain the required medical grade oxygen stocks for the treatment of COVID-19 patients in hospitals across the island.
Sri Lanka Government decided to purchase 100 metric tonnes of oxygen from India for COVID-19 treatment centres as Delta Variant spreading fast.
With a view to preventing possible delays in the ports in bringing the medical grade oxygen to the country, President Gotabaya Rajapaksa directed Commander of the Navy, Vice Admiral Nishantha Ulugetenne to make arrangements to transport those items by Sri Lanka Navy. Responding swiftly to the directives of the President, Sri Lanka Navy dispatched landing ship tanker SLNS Shakthi to the port of Chennai this morning, to take the freight home urgently.
Accordingly, the naval ship is scheduled to arrive port of Chennai, India by tomorrow evening (18th August 2021). Further, the Navy will continue to go ahead with this service as required and stands ready at all times to apply itself at will, with an unwavering spirit to respond to any emergency situation in the country.