MSC Rules Out Using the Northern Sea Route

MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company is joining a growing list of carriers that have pledged not to use the Northern Sea Route for shipping between Europe and Asia. MSC said in a statement Thursday that its decision is based on environmental concerns, adding that it will instead focus on improving environmental performance on existing global trade routes. “As a responsible … [Read more...]

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 out of the 61 ships held in the reserve sealift fleet. This exercise aimed to determine the material readiness of the fleet and whether the commercial merchant marine - the operating companies assigned to manage the vessels and … [Read more...]

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 Transportation Command on Monday initiated a Large-Scale Sealift Readiness Exercise. As part of its Turbo Activation series which began in 1994, the joint command, located at Scott Air Force Base in southern Illinois, … [Read more...]