A Word From GPLN:
We hope that you have started the New Year well and that this will be a successful year for all of you.
Unfortunately, we are currently facing again a global health emergency with the rapid spread of the Coronavirus, after the SARS epidemic which affected 26 countries and resulted in more than 8,000 cases in 2003. Both viruses originate from China, however the number of infected humans from this coronavirus is spreading more rapidly and resulted so far in over 70,000 cases (as of mid of Feb 2020), but most of them on mainland China and only a few in other countries. Like many of you, we are carefully watching and analyzing the acceleration of infections and geographical spread of the Coronavirus as this is also affecting our travel arrangements. In the meantime, various airlines from all continents stopped flying to China until end of March 2020. At the time of writing we are therefore not sure if we will participate in Breakbulk Asia which should take place in March in Shanghai. However, we have full confidence that our upcoming Annual General Meeting in Casablanca/Morocco will take place as scheduled from May 31 to June 2, 2020, but will also carefully monitor the situation and keep you updated.
As announced earlier our AGM will be held just after the Breakbulk Europe exhibition in Bremen which is taking place from May 26-28, 2020 and we are confident that we will reach again a high attendance, as a multitude of members have already signed up for this meeting. Right on the day Breakbulk Bremen starts in the evening, on May 26, we are organizing again our renowned Heavy Lift Maritime and Transport Seminar at the Dorint Park Hotel which is located within walking distance to the exhibition center. This technical course is also open for non GPLN members and offers a great opportunity to learn more about Heavy Lift Shipping and expand technical abilities and knowledge for project cargo business.
Last year we attended several logistics and industry events across the globe and many times we shared our booth with GPLN members. Our traveling season starts this year in February with Breakbulk Middle East in Dubai, and thereafter in May Breakbulk Europe will take place in Bremen. We have secured again a very spacious GPLN booth in the main hall at Breakbulk Europe and will be joined by GPLN member companies from 12 different countries. The traveling season comes to an end in early October with Breakbulk Americas in Houston.
We look forward to see you all at our annual conference in Casablanca and at many logistics events during this year.
Your GPLN Team