Dear Secretaries of the National Sections of PIANC,
On behalf of the British National Section of PIANC I would like to pass on to you and your members our best wishes at this difficult time. All arrangements for PIANC’s Annual General Assembly in May 2020 were in place when the spread of the Covid-19 virus turned our world upside down. As you are aware, in early March 2020, the Committee of the British National Section regretfully had to recommend to the PIANC’s President that the event should be postponed from 2020 to 2021.
I am delighted to be able to advise you that arrangements are now being made to hold PIANC’s AGA in Bristol in May 2021. While it remains uncertain how the measures necessary to limit the impact of the virus in each country will develop in the remainder of 2020, the UK’s Local Organising Committee is working on the assumption that we will all be able to meet in Bristol in May 2021. I am therefore writing to invite you and your national delegates to attend the Annual General Assembly of PIANC in Bristol between the 25th and 27th May 2021.
We have selected the City of Bristol because it has a rich maritime history, it has a thriving port, and is at the edge of the highly attractive English ‘West Country’ and Wales. It has an airport with good European connections and is easily accessible by rail from London’s Heathrow Airport, all major cities in the UK and northern mainland Europe.
On behalf of PIANC worldwide, I would like to acknowledge the large amount of work that Nigel Bodell, who chairs the UK’s Local Organisiting Committee for PIANC AGA Bristol, has undertaken to re-arrange all the commitments for the event for 2021. The programme will be very similar to that which had generated so much interest in 2020 and will include a visit to The Bristol Port Company, and an interesting series of activities for accompanying persons which will include a visit to the UNESCO world heritage site of the City of Bath, just 20 kilometres away. The AGA dinner will be held on-board Brunel’s SS Great Britain, the world’s first iron hulled screw driven passenger vessel dating from 1845.
Please make a note of the dates in your diaries. We look forward to welcoming you to Bristol in May 2021.
Greg Haigh BSc C Eng, FICE
Chairman – PIANC – British National Section