World’s Biggest Shipping Exhibition Postponed Due To Coronavirus

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  • Posidonia 2020 is postponed due to coronavirus from June to October 2020.
  • Posidonia is held every two years with the entire shipping industry convening in Athens.
  • Greece has reported 352 confirmed cases of infections and four fatalities.
  • The event will be held between October 2020 at the Athens Metropolitan Expo, together with all related Posidonia sports events and conferences.
  •  Singapore Maritime Week has been postponed and the U.N. shipping agency has closed its London headquarters.

One of the world’s biggest maritime exhibition Posidonia 2020 has been postponed from the 1-5 June 2020 to the 26-30 October 2020, reports Reuters.

Posidonia postponed

The organisers said Posidonia, one of the world’s biggest shipping exhibitions due to have been held in June, has been postponed until late October due to the coronavirus.

Coronavirus impact

  • Greece has reported 352 confirmed cases of infections and four fatalities. 
  • Authorities have closed restaurants, bars, retail shops, playgrounds, schools, universities and gyms to stem the spread of the virus.

Posidonia held in Athens

Posidonia is held every two years with the entire shipping industry convening in Athens.

The organisers said they have decided to postpone Posidonia 2020 due to 

  • challenges faced as a result of the coronavirus-COVID-19 pandemic,
  • the need to safeguard the health and wellbeing of our exhibitors and visitors and 
  • at the same time comply with WHO and Greek government guidelines. 

They added that the event will now be held between October 2020 at the Athens Metropolitan Expo, together with all related Posidonia sports events and conferences.

Other events postponed

Singapore Maritime Week

Other major industry events including Singapore Maritime Week have all been postponed. 

March session of U.N. environmental committee

The U.N. shipping agency has closed its London headquarters. It has postponed the March session of its environmental committee. The meet was for discussions on cutting carbon emissions from the sector.

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Source: Reuters

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