CMA, America’s maritime showcase event, falls foul of the coronavirus

CMA Shipping, the showcase American gathering organised by Informa and the Connecticut Maritime Association, has become the latest event to fall victim to the coronavirus.

Organisers have decided to shift the Stamford show, famous for its annual Commodore prize due to be given to International Seaways’ Lois Zabrocky this year, from later this month to the end of June.

The news comes as President Donald Trump banned Europeans from visiting the United States for a period of 30 days as the nation ups its fight against the illness. There have been 1,312 reported coronavirus cases in the US so far.

Many of the shipping calendar’s biggest events including Sea Japan, Asia Pacific Maritime, TPM and Singapore Maritime Week have either been cancelled or postponed in the wake of the spread of the coronavirus. Attention is turning to the next big show – Posidonia – due to start in Athens at the beginning of June.

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.
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