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COVID-19 VIRUS IMPACTS ON MARITIME PROGRAMME

Saturday, March 14, 2020 

The restrictions on travel and large gatherings imposed by various governments and authorities as a result of the spread of Coronavirus COVID-19 have resulted in the postponement of several maritime events, as well as causing difficulties with marine transport, particularly in the cruise sector.

Among the latest casualties are Seatrade Cruise Global, which was due to be held 20-23 April 2020 in Miami, USA, which has been postponed. The organisers hope to be able to reschedule the event later in the year.

The IMO has now postponed the 75th session of the Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC), which was scheduled to take place from 30 March to 3 April 2020.

This is in addition to the previously-announced postponement of two IMO meetings which were scheduled for 23 to 27 March, namely the 7th meeting of the Intersessional Working Group on Reduction of GHG Emissions from Ships, and the 33rd meeting of the E&T Group (IMSBC).

We will publish details of other cancellations and postponements relevant to the marine sector, and clean shipping in particular, as we hear of them.

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