Covid-19 continues to impact shipping events well into second year

The Nor-Shipping event will no longer be held in Norway this June. The organizers have postponed the exhibition and associated activities until to January 10th to 13th 2022.

The organizers said that a scaled-down, socially-distanced exhibition would not be “in keeping with the essence of Nor-Shipping”. They have therefore opted to move the date in order to retain Nor-Shipping’s “personality and impact”.

They want to ensure that “global decision makers have the opportunity to meet face-to-face, connect and build prosperous partnerships.”

Nor-Shipping Director Karen Algaard said that “health and safety comes first. We are committed to following stringent standards with regards to minimizing the risk of infection, and, at present, that means fewer people, less interaction and more distance between exhibitors and participants. We believe that isn’t in keeping with the essence of Nor-Shipping.”

Algaard said that the decision had been taken in consultation with all Nor-Shipping partners and a number of exhibitors, who overwhelmingly supported a move to enable greater contact and connection. Of those approached, more than 90% of exhibitors were in favour of the rescheduling, with many stating that any participation in a summer 2021 event could have been challenging.

It is well known that events require considerable “lead times”, and last-minute cancellations are extremely costly. The larger the event, the longer the lead-time required, and Nor-Shipping’s decision could indicate that other organizers of sizeable events scheduled for even mid-year and Q3 dates will be considering their options, even at this early date.