It will come as little surprise to many of you, but I must formally and most regretfully announce that this year’s Baltic Chairman’s Cocktail Party, scheduled for 13 May in London, has been cancelled.
I have enjoyed attending many previous Chairman’s parties as a guest, meeting industry leaders, speaking with politicians, and chatting with both our trade and national press. However, what I find most enjoyable about the evening, is the special opportunity it provides for Baltic members from across the globe to come together, to network and to socialise. Of course, it’s disappointing to cancel this year’s event, but we will return next year larger, stronger and in style.
Being forced to cancel the event just reminds us of the importance of face-to-face connections our industry is so good at. Today’s communication platforms and screen based information have made it easier to adapt to remote work stations, but the shipping industry thrives when we meet in person and take the time to understand each other’s business interests, personality and culture that make up our rich tapestry. These are life changing times for everyone, but I am proud of the way Baltic members have adapted, applying their skills in dealing with the unexpected, and continued to work servicing the world at a time of turmoil.
It is important that we still come together, but for now, for many of us it will have to be remotely by phone or video conferencing.
From everyone at the Baltic Exchange, our hearts and thoughts are with all the people who have been affected by this completely unforeseen event. We continue to thank all of those who are involved in this COVID-19 fight, healthcare professionals, support groups, and governments for their tireless work keeping essential services going.
We will return to normality over time, but until then, please, continue to stay safe.
Chairman, the Baltic Exchange