CMA Shipping: No plans to cancel event over coronavirus

The following is text of a news release from CMA Shipping:

(STAMFORD, Conn.) — We are looking forward to seeing you in Connecticut March 31-April 2nd and wanted to update you on the steps we are taking to ensure all the necessary health and safety measures are in place for the CMA Shipping conference and exhibition.

Our number one priority is the safety and experience of our customers and colleagues. We have assessed the coronavirus situation closely and the CMA Shipping event will be going ahead as planned. We are closely monitoring the worldwide situation daily and following the advice from the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Centre for Disease Control (CDC). There are no plans to cancel or postpone CMA Shipping.
We have had feedback from the community telling us that the connecting and learning that takes place at CMA Shipping drives business opportunities for them and that they value this opportunity to connect and do business. We’re committed to continuing to support these business opportunities by holding the event and creating the best possible experience for everyone attending. 

Health and safety

To ensure the health and safety of everyone, we are taking very specific control measures around the show and on-site facilities including:

• The Hilton Stamford Hotel is continuing to maintain rigorous cleanliness and safety standards throughout.

• The Hilton Stamford Hotel is placing hand sanitizer dispensing stations in high-traffic, visible areas including entrances, exits, bathrooms, elevator landings, hotel lobby, showrooms, etc.

• Signs promoting guidelines for the prevention of any illness.

We are advising all attendees that if for any reason you do not feel well, please remain in your hotel room.
We want to assure our community that we are in close contact with our partners in the United States. Thank you to our sponsors, exhibitors and attendees who continue to plan for the show as normal.

In the words of CMA President Joe Gross, "It will be three safe, relevant and productive days and evenings, where we will the opportunity to exchange ideas and concerns with one another, and participate in this forum which each year helps to move our great industry forward in a meaningful way."
We want to thank you for being a part of the CMA community. We greatly value your time and commitment to making the CMA what it is today, a thriving network of like-minded individuals dedicated to the maritime industry. For more information, visit

By Professional Mariner Staff