TPM cancelled hours before it was meant to open its doors in Long Beach

TPM, container shipping’s largest event, was cancelled over the weekend, less than 24 hours before it was scheduled to open its doors in Long Beach. 

“Given the deteriorating situation regarding the spread of the COVID-19 disease, unfortunately it is necessary to cancel TPM20 scheduled for March 1-4, 2020,” organisers from the team at the Journal of Commerce wrote to clients. The show, celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, will reconvene in 2021. Some 2,400 delegates had booked to attend from all over the world.

Elsewhere, the spread of the coronavirus has put Singapore Maritime Week on hold with some events set to transfer from April to September and others rolled through to next year

Organisers of Sea Japan, put on hold 15 days from its start date on March 11, have yet to reveal their rescheduling intentions, while Asia Pacific Maritime took the decision early to postpone from March to September, a month that is now looking very busy indeed with the world’s largest shipping exhibition, SMM, taking place at the same time as Gastech and many events scrapped this spring moving to that month.

Inevitably, delegates are beginning to get apprehensive about Posidonia – shipping’s biennial greatest party – scheduled for the first week of June. Hinting that the event was carrying on as per normal, organisers on Friday tweeted that sales kits for the Digital Innovation Pavilion at the show are now available.

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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