New Delhi: In the face of a massive surge in demand for liquid medical oxygen and related logistic issues, Indian Oil, under the aegis of the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas, has been importing ISO tanks suitable for transporting Medical Oxygen, the precious lifesaver, from across the globe. While over 75 percent of the filled ISO tanks are brought in by the Indian Navy vessels, the empty containers are airlifted back by Indian Air Force to the sources of oxygen supply.
Indian Oil unloaded a consignment of 11 ISO tanks filled with liquid medical oxygen (LMO), carried from Singapore by INS Jalashwa, an Indian Navy vessel at Vishakhapatnam Port on May 23. The same vessel also carried two more ISO tanks of LMO, sourced by GAIL and handled by Indian Oil. The entire consignment has been sourced by Indian Oil from BNF Singapore and filled at Linde at Singapore. The ISO tanks have been taken on lease by Indian Oil to handle the supply and logistics of LMO in the fight against the COVID pandemic. This consignment has been earmarked to meet the pressing demand for medical oxygen in the states of Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu.
Indian Oil sources LMO supplies from the countries including Singapore, Kuwait, Abu Dhabi and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia from global suppliers including Linde, Air Life and Air Liquide. Indian Oil has brought in several consignments of LMO into other Southern cities including Mangalore and Bengaluru. The various imports of LMO, oxygen cylinders and oxygen concentrators being done by ICRS (Indian Red Cross Society) are also being handled by Indian Oil, in terms of unloading and transportation.
As a responsible corporate citizen, Indian Oil continues to leverage its expertise and resources to contribute to the national efforts to combat the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic sweeping the nation.
Other initiatives of Indian Oil in the management and logistics support of LMO in India include the Sanjeevani Express, a single-window application that is equipped to enable real-time monitoring of LMO supply logistics to help all stakeholders including the central and state government agencies to monitor allocation, dispatch and receipt of medical oxygen.
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