JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Battling a COVID-19 resurgence driven by a more infectious variant, South Africa is preparing to roll out its first vaccines to the country’s frontline healthcare workers. Health Minister Zweli Mkhize said a delivery of 1 million doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine is expected to arrive at Johannesburg’s international airport on Monday and there are plans for jabs to be given to doctors and nurses starting in mid-February. Mkhize said South Africa intends to vaccinate 67% of its 60 million people in 2021, starting with the most vulnerable health care workers.
The construction of Acta Marine’s Ulstein SX195 walk-to-work (W2W) construction support vessel is progressing well and on schedule at Crist shipyard in Poland, the Den Helder-based company said, adding that the DP2 vessel will sail under the name Acta Auriga.Upon delivery, the Acta Auriga will join Acta Orion, her semi-sister vessel, and as such form the second vessel in the Acta fleet dedicated for W2W, offshore logistics and accommodation services for clients in the offshore renewable industry. The vessel is named after the constellation Auriga, meaning “the charioteer” in Latin.The Acta Auriga’s completed hull is expected to be towed from Crist, Poland to Ulsteinvik, Norway in early November 2017. Thereafter Ulstein Verft will complete the outfitting of the vesseland the installation of the SMST provided mission equipment – a motion compensated gangway and a 3D crane.Delivery of the vessel is slated for the end of the first quarter of 2018.Acta Marine will be present at the Offshore Energy Exhibition and Conference 2017 in Amsterdam Rai on the 10th and 11th of October. Those who are interested in finding out more about the Acta Auriga and Acta Marine’s other vessels and services can do so by visiting the company at the stand 1.141.Images: Acta Marine