Posidonia 2020, Greece’s prestigious biennial shipping exhibition, has been officially cancelled for this year in response to the uncertainty surrounding the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.
Posidonia Exhibitions SA, the event’s organizer, reached the decision to officially cancel following close consultation with many exhibitors and with its shipping community stakeholders, after assessing the current state of Covid-19 in countries around the world.
“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,” the organizer said in a statement on Monday.
According to Posidonia Exhibitions, 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 the event’s 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 organizer said, underlining that one of the unique characteristics of Posidonia is the opportunities it provides for meetings, interactions and networking in and around the exhibition.
“We are concerned that this special environment that brings together the Greek and international shipping communities is in danger of being undermined due to Covid-19, thus not delivering the results that everyone expects and is looking forward to at Posidonia.”
Posidonia Exhibitions said it is embarking on preparations for the next Posidonia in June 2022 “with optimism and the confidence that well before then we will have entered a world with Covid-19 under control”.