SHIPPINGInsight, CMA to hold virtual conferences
COVID-19 concerns lead to the decision to forgo physical events
(STAMFORD, Conn.) — SHIPPINGInsight and the Connecticut Maritime Association’s CMA Shipping 2020 Conference and Exhibition have announced they will be producing their events virtually as part of North American Shipping Week. The events will be presented Oct. 12-16, with SHIPPINGInsight holding technical webinars in advance of the week. The two groups will split the week, with a joint social event planned for Wednesday, Oct. 14.
“We commissioned a survey to assess the needs and sentiments of the maritime community,” stated SHIPPINGInsight’s Chief Evolution Officer Carleen Lyden Walker. “The results showed 73 percent of the respondents had health concerns about attending a physical event in the fourth quarter. Further, we are unwilling to put anyone in our maritime community at risk, resulting in the decision to reimagine SHIPPINGInsight into a virtual event.”
“In light of health and safety recommendations and keeping our community, both here and abroad in mind, CMA Shipping 2020 will be delivered as a 100 percent virtual event,” said Chris Aversano, president of the CMA. “As always, we plan to deliver a robust schedule filled with great speakers, panels, a virtual exhibition space, and plenty of opportunities for attendees to interact one-on-one. We're extremely excited about this innovative solution that balances delivering great content with safety.”