PortandTerminal.com, March 1, 2020
LONG BEACH, CA – TPM20, which bills itself as the “must-attend conference for the trans-Pacific and global container shipping and logistics community” has been cancelled over coronavirus fears.
“In light of growing concerns around COVID-19, we’ve made the difficult decision to cancel TPM20 this year” an announcement on their website homepage reads. The conference was due to take place on March 1-4 in Long Beach, California.
The announcement to cancel the event was published on in a statement last night (February 29th). An excerpt from the organizer’s statement follows below. Click here to read their full statement.
“This decision was made following recent guidance from health officials and in light of the rapid growth in global cases of COVID-19, in particular in the Western United States over the past 24 hours, as well as increasing travel restrictions and other circumstances.“
Yesterday, we reported that the organizers of Singapore Maritime Week had also decided to postpone their event, which was scheduled to be held from April 18-24.
Which other maritime industry conferences are at risk? As one industry figure who is scheduled to speak in London later this week says, “The evolution of coronavirus will decide it”.
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