ORGANISERS of Subsea Expo have decided to wait until next year to host the event due to the worsening coronavirus pandemic.
Neil Gordon, chief executive of Subsea UK, said they had taken the “difficult but sensible decision” to wait until February 2022 for the three-day exhibition and conference.
Subsea Expo will now celebrate its 16th anniversary in 2022. It said all exhibitors and sponsors will be able to carry over their bookings and any deposits to next year’s event.
Mr Gordon said: “With the new lockdown, rising cases and new variants of the virus, there are strong indications that this year will continue to be disrupted despite the vaccine roll-out.
“There is no appetite among our members and the wider industry for Subsea Expo to become a virtual exhibition so we have taken the difficult but sensible decision to wait until February 2022 when we can be more certain of being able to deliver it safely and secure the maximum attendance from the UK and overseas.”
In the meantime, Subsea UK is exploring the potential of a scaled-down virtual event or series of events for the dates which had been secured in May.