Dumont d’Urville Transports Oxygen to Fort de France

In order to secure West Indian hospital capacities, the Overseas Support and Assistance Building (BSAOM) Dumont d’Urville carried out two rotations, from August 11 to 18 and then from August 21 to 27, 2021, between Guyana and the West Indies. to transport seven iso-containers, or more than 200 m3, of liquid oxygen.

The number of hospitalizations linked to COVID-19 has increased rapidly in Martinique and Guadeloupe. With the opening of new resuscitation beds, the consumption of medical oxygen exceeds local production capacities.

It is in this context that the BSAOM was hired, at the request of the prefect of the Antilles defense and security zone, to participate in the supply of hospitals. The vessel first loaded the empty tanks to unload them at the civil port of Dégrad-des-Cannes in Guyana. The Armed Forces in Guyana (FAG) as well as actors from the large seaport provided assistance to fill them.

Once reloaded at the Guyanese space center in Kourou, the iso-containers were re-embarked on the Dumont D’Urville in order to be delivered to the grand port of Fort-de-France to be made available to the Regional Agency for health of Martinique. Two full rotations were performed.

This mission, which is part of Operation RESILIENCE, is in addition to the other commitments [1] of the Armed Forces in the Antilles (FAA) in the fight against the epidemic in the Antilles.

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