Sal Mercogliano

Salvatore R. Mercogliano is an associate professor of History at Campbell University in Buies Creek, North Carolina and teaches courses in World Maritime History and Maritime Security. He is also an adjunct professor with the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy and offers a graduate level course in Maritime Industry Policy. A former merchant mariner, he sailed and worked ashore for the U.S. Navy’s Military Sealift Command. His book, Fourth Arm of Defense: Sealift and Maritime Logistics in the Vietnam War, available through the Naval History and Heritage Command.


Wednesday, March 23, 2022
ever given satellite photo
Accidents

From Ever Given to Ever Forward

Salvatore R. Mercogliano, Ph.D.  A year ago, MV Ever Given rammed its bow into Asia, ran its stern onto Africa, and her midships straddled the Suez Canal for

March 23, 2022
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Monday, January 31, 2022
Defense

How a Ukraine-Russia Conflict Impacts Shipping

By Salvatore R. Mercogliano, Ph.D. The escalation in tension between Ukraine and Russia has many wondering what impact such a potential conflict could have on

January 31, 2022
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Monday, November 22, 2021
Container ships wait off the coast of the congested Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach in Long Beach, California
Ports

Is The U.S. Moving Cargo And Filling The Shelves?

by Salvatore R. Mercogliano, Ph.D. – Last week the White House released their second statement on the current supply-chain crisis.  The initial blog

November 22, 2021
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Friday, September 17, 2021
golden ray capsized
Accidents

The Missing Question from the NTSB Report on MV Golden Ray: WHY? 

By Salvatore R. Mercogliano, Ph.D. Two years after MV Golden Ray capsized while departing the port of Brunswick, Georgia early in the hours of September 8,

September 17, 2021
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Tuesday, September 7, 2021
Defense

Turbo Activation: Ready, Set…SEALIFT!

By Salvatore R. Mercogliano, Ph.D. – Two years ago, the United States Transportation Command, in conjunction with the Navy’s Military Sealift

September 7, 2021
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Monday, May 10, 2021
crowley jones act tanker
News

Colonial Pipeline – To Waive Or Not To Waive The Jones Act

By Salvatore R. Mercogliano, Ph.D. (gCaptain) The cyberattack upon the Colonial Pipeline on Friday, May 7, 2021 has resulted in the shutdown of a major

May 10, 2021
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Monday, February 15, 2021
Cruise Ships

Opinion: The Love Boat, American Style!

By Salvatore R. Mercogliano, Ph.D. – The recent announcement by the Canadian government to suspend all cruise ship visits until February 2022 due to

February 15, 2021
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Wednesday, November 11, 2020
American Flag Ship
Blog

Veteran’s Day In Peace And War

by Salvatore R. Mercogliano, Ph.D. (gCaptain) This Veteran’s Day we remember the thousands of Soldiers, Sailors, Marines, Airmen, and Coast Guardsmen who

November 11, 2020
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Friday, June 5, 2020
jones act container ship
Maritime News

100 Years of the Jones Act – Here is to Another 100 Years!

Salvatore R. Mercogliano, Ph.D.  – June 5, 2020 marks the centennial of the Merchant Marine Act of 1920, commonly referred to as the Jones Act. 

June 5, 2020
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Friday, May 8, 2020
Maritime News

Merchant Mariners, the Second Battle of the Atlantic, and the 75th Anniversary of VE Day

By Salvatore R. Mercogliano, Ph.D. – In his autobiography, The Second World War, Winston Churchill said of the Battle of the Atlantic, “The only thing

May 8, 2020
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Tuesday, April 14, 2020
Maritime News

This is Mutiny… Mutiny, I Say! The Maritime Lore Behind President Trump’s ‘Mutiny on the Bounty’ Tweet

By Salvatore R. Mercogliano, Ph.D. – In the annals of maritime history and popular culture, the Mutiny on the Bounty holds a lofty place and remains

April 14, 2020
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Thursday, April 9, 2020
Maritime News

A New Day for the American Merchant Marine: The Philly Shipyard and National Security Multi-Mission Vessels

By Salvatore R. Mercogliano, Ph.D. – National Maritime Day (May 22) came a month earlier than usual with the announcement by the Maritime

April 9, 2020
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Friday, March 20, 2020
Maritime News

The Cruise Industry’s War Against COVID-19

By Salvatore R. Mercogliano, Ph.D. – On Friday, March 13, 2020, the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) announced that their ocean-going cruise

March 20, 2020
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Friday, March 6, 2020
Maritime News

Merchant Mariners for the Gold

Update March 13, 2020 – President Trump today signed into law the “Merchant Mariners of World War II Congressional Gold Medal Act of 2020,” a bill to

March 6, 2020
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Wednesday, February 19, 2020
Interesting

Bouchard Ordeal Evokes 19th Century Supreme Court Decision

By Salvatore R. Mercogliano, Ph.D. On July 7, 1895, the barque Arago arrived in San Francisco with four of its crewmembers in irons.  The deckhands had

February 19, 2020
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Tuesday, January 28, 2020
Interesting

America’s Surge Sealift: What Are They Not Telling Us?

By Salvatore R. Mercogliano, Ph.D. – On January 22, 2020, the Inspector General (IG) for the Department of Defense released a declassified and

January 28, 2020
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Tuesday, December 31, 2019
Maritime News

Turbo Activation – A Sealift Surge, or just a Trickle?

By Salvatore R. Mercogliano, Ph.D.  – In September, gCaptain reported on Turbo Activation 19-Plus, US Transportation Command’s largest peacetime

December 31, 2019
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Monday, September 23, 2019
Interesting

The Long Gray Line – Turbo Activation 2019

By Salvatore R. Mercogliano, Ph.D. – On Monday, September 16, 2019, the United States Transportation Command ordered the no-notice activation of 28

September 23, 2019
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Wednesday, September 18, 2019
U.S. Transportation Command turbo activation
Interesting

Ready or Not, Here Comes the Ready Reserve Force!

By Sal Mercogliano, Ph.D. – In a week punctuated by a drone missile strike on two oil production plants in Abqaiq, Saudi Arabia, the United States

September 18, 2019
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Wednesday, September 11, 2019
Defense

Mounts Bay to the Rescue!

Editor’s Note: The Royal Navy has announced that RFA Mounts Bay has now completed its 10-day humanitarian mission to the hurricane-hit Bahamas

September 11, 2019
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