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The Ukrainian Sea Ports Authority (USPA) and the American Chamber of Commerce in Ukraine held the Ukrainian Shipyard Day yesterday and presented the enterprise’s fleet renewal plans for the future period.During the event, the USPA experts introduced a prospective program of acquisition and construction of the enterprise’s vessels for the period 2017-2021.“It is much more profitable for the state to develop its own fleet for regular work, rather than to attract contractors for these volumes. Therefore, the USPA will invest in this direction and will do it systematically and transparently,” said the chairman of USPA, Raivis Veckagans. The Ukrainian Sea Ports Authority intends to purchase 20 vessels, including six pilot boats, seven multifunctional vessels and a modern icebreaker to ensure the safety of navigation at the Azov Sea.At the meeting, USPA also introduced the plans to renew the enterprise’s dredging fleet; they plan to purchase a sounding boat, a self-propelled suction dredge and the self-propelled dump scows.This will increase the volume of operational dredging that USPA will be able to carry out by its own means without involving contracting organizations, USPA said.Representatives of leading shipyards and design institutes of Ukraine, Turkey, European and Baltic countries, heads of major international shipbuilding groups like Damen, MAVI DENIS, Fiskerstrand, Baltic Workboat, Aker Arctic, Ukrainian design enterprises and scientific institutions took part in the event.
ANTIGUA – The Antigua and Barbuda Government has made a request to Cuba for supplies of the Interferon 2B drug that boosts the immune system, allowing patients who are very sick a chance to recover from diseases like the coronavirus.“The Cuban drug is in great demand at this time, as are others that are being tested on patients. Only one confirmed case of coronavirus has been detected in Antigua, and that 21-year-old patient is recovering. However, should an elderly Antiguan or Barbudan fall ill with the virus, the Cabinet is determined that all will be done to save that life. No death from coronavirus has occurred in Antigua and Barbuda,” a statement issued following the special Cabinet meeting on Sunday read.It said that the Cuban doctors and nurses, who will arrive on Thursday, March 26, are experienced in the management of infectious diseases.Since the release of the statement, Antigua confirmed two additional cases of COVID-19, bringing their national tally to three.