Relief and enthusiasm were in the air in Istanbul on 24 June, as the Turkish Shipbrokers Association was finally able to host its Bosphorus International Shipbrokers’ Dinner after a four-year hiatus.

“After this pandemic, please don’t neglect to enjoy your life,” the association’s chairman, Captain Semih Dincel, told a roaring crowd of 2,400 guests that converged on Turkey’s commercial capital from 200 different companies in 30 countries across the world.

“We all appreciate better how precious life and time are — let’s live,” Dincel exclaimed.