Plans for another major international maritime event have been disrupted by the coronavirus. In the face of increasing infection rates, driven by the Omicron variant, Nor-Shipping has taken the decision to postpone its upcoming exhibition and event program. It had been sent to take place January 10-13 in Oslo and Lillestrøm, Norway.
The management team is currently working with stakeholders to decide on the optimal way forward, with an announcement on the timing of the next Nor-Shipping expected before the end of this week.”
Even though current Norwegian national restrictions allow for large-scale exhibitions, Nor-Shipping director Sidsel Norvik says the time has come to make “a responsible decision.”
RAPIDLY RISING INFECTION RATES
“In a very fluid pandemic situation, with rapidly rising infection rates here in Norway and elsewhere, we believe the time has come to postpone our January program and try and create some clarity for our exhibitors and participants,” she says. “With that in mind, we will be spending the coming days carefully assessing the situation and planning the best route forwards. Our job is to serve and support this great business community, and we’re committed to doing so in a safe, responsible and considered manner. We’d like to ask everyone for their patience at present, and will return with a final decision on the next Nor-Shipping this week.
Traditionally, Nor-Shipping takes place in June. The last time a physical Nor-Shipping event was held, in June 2019, it attracted nearly 900 exhibitors and 50,000 visitors.