Sea 194 – Maritime Industry COVID-19 Update with Dr. Sal Mercogliano

By Jared Samuelson

Our old friend Sal Mercogliano (@mercoglianos) joins the program to update listeners on the impacts of COVID-19 on the maritime industry. We cover container shipping, bulk cargo, liquid, cruise lines, the shipbuilding industry, as well as the impact on mariners themselves.

Sea 194 – Maritime Industry COVID-19 Update with Dr. Sal Mercogliano


1. “Stranded Seafarers Refuse to Sail on Three Ships in Australia,” by Aaron Clark, Bloomberg, August 6, 2020.
2. “Supply Chain Risk Grows as Weary Crews Halt Ships and Clog Ports,” by Aaron Clark, Bloomberg, August 6, 2020.
3. “Some Chinese Ports are Jammed Again on Virus Testing of Food,” by Aaron Clark, Bloomberg, July 13, 2020.
4. “Rates to the US West Coast Hit Records Leaving Analysts Puzzled,” by Sam Chambers, Splash247, August 3, 2020.
5. “How are tankers coping with floating-storage hangover?, by Greg Willis, FreightWaves, Aug 6, 2020.
6. “Chinese port congestion approaching record levels,” by Sam Chambers, Splash247, Jul 24, 2020.
7. “Australia’s soaring exports to China at risk in diplomatic rift,” by Fumi Matsumoto, Nikkei Asian Review, August 7, 2020.
8. “Three Modern Cruise Ships Scrapped in Turkey,” CruiseIndustryNews, July 29, 2020.
9. Shipbuilding through to 2024, Splash247, May 27, 2020.
10. Risk to Global Supply Chain Grows as Overworked Seafarers Halt Ships, by Aaron Clark and Annie Lee, Bloomberg, August 7, 2020.
11. Propeller Club Asks Congress for $3.5 Billion in COVID-19 Relief for U.S. Maritime Industry, by Mike Shuler, gCaptain, August 7, 2020.
12. COVID-19 has exacerbated pressure on the delivery economy, by Vishnu Rajamanickam, freightwaves, July 13, 2020.
13. “Sea Control 158 – COVID-19’s Impact on International Maritime Industry with Dr. Sal Mercogliano,” Jared Samuelson, CIMSEC, February 17, 2020. 

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