The event, which moves around Australia every two years, was held in Darwin in 2018.
CEO Mike Gallacher said restrictions on interstate travel and current health advice led to the decision to delay.
Gallacher said that while Ports Australia is disappointed not to be hosting colleagues from the Australian and international ports industry this year, it is the right decision to wait until it is safe to do so.
Moreover, he said, the postponement will give the association’s new members the opportunity to attend the conference.
As reported here, the Papua New Guinea Ports Corporation, the Victorian Ports Corporation (Melbourne) and Aurecon, a global engineering, design and advisory company, joined last month.
Gallacher also said the 2021 conference is well-timed to showcase the multimillion-dollar Brisbane International Cruise Terminal that had been scheduled to officially open next month.