Nor-Shipping 2019 Opening Ceremony at the Oslo City Hall

Nor-Shipping 2019 Opening Ceremony at the Oslo City Hall. Credit: Nor-Shipping

Nor-Shipping Postpones 2021 Conference

Mike Schuler
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January 12, 2021

Nor-Shipping has pushed its planned June 2021 conference to January 2022 amid impacts the COVID-19 pandemic.

The conference says its decision to postpone the event is part of an effort to retain the show’s “personality and impact” by ensuring global decision makers can meet face-to-face.

Nor-Shipping’s 2019 conference in Oslo, Norway was the most successful its more than 50 year history, welcoming some 50,000 participants from over 85 nations. The attendance representing a 34 percent increase over the previous 2017 show.

“Nor-Shipping is renowned as the global gathering point for ocean stakeholders,” says Per Martin Tanggaard, one of the conference directors. “A place where they can meet in person, connect, share knowledge, build relationships, and really enable the strategies to unlock sustainable success in the ocean space. 2019 demonstrated that appeal, and it was our plan to build on that in 2021, giving this unique community even more support, even more value, and even more success. It’s now become clear we can’t deliver on that ambition.”

Nor-Shipping says the decision to postpone comes after some 90% of exhibitors surveyed were in favor of rescheduling.

“Health and safety comes first,” stresses Karen Algaard, another conference director. “We are committed to following stringent standards with regards to minimising 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. However, by delaying the programme a little we can offer everything we have become known for, and more, with a uniquely Norwegian flavour in January 2022. It gives us and, we hope, the entire industry something very special to look forward to.”

The next Nor-Shipping event is now scheduled for January 10-13, 2022.

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