The biennial Posidonia conference has been cancelled due to uncertainty surrounding the coronavirus pandemic.
Posidonia is held every other year in Athens, Greece and is regarded as one of the leading maritime and shipping conferences in the world, attracting thousands of exhibitors and tens of thousands of attendees.
Posidonia 2020 was originally scheduled to be held in early June, but the event was pushed back to October due the COVID-19 pandemic. Now, organizers have made the decision to cancel the event altogether.
“We have reached this difficult decision following close consultation with many exhibitors and with our shipping community stakeholders, after assessing the current state of Covid-19 in countries around the world,” read a statement on the event’s website.
“The worrying increase of cases in certain jurisdictions and the inability to predict reliably where the Pandemic will take us in the months ahead, compounds the uncertainty that now prevails, imposing upon us circumstances that are beyond our control.
“Furthermore, the shipment of exhibits and the complexities of international travel which are constantly being re-evaluated as events develop, pose major challenges and practical restrictions to our international exhibitors and visitors, with the distinct possibility that many will not be able to visit Greece. Without them Posidonia would not be the same,” the statement read.
The next Posidonia is now planned for June 2022.