Christine has Dr. Sal Mercogliano on the podcast today. Sal is Chair of the Department of History, Criminal Justice, and Political Science at Campbell University. He is also an adjunct professor at the US Merchant Marine Academy and a former merchant mariner. He hosts the “What’s Going On With Shipping” channel on YouTube and contributes to Sea History, Naval Institute Proceedings, and GCaptain.

Sal and Christine delve into the recent events surrounding Yemen’s Houthi rebels seizing an Israeli-linked cargo ship along a vital Red Sea shipping route, resulting in the capture of its 25 crew members. As Sal provides insights into the ongoing situation, he highlights the immediate repercussions. Approximately 40% of the usual traffic passing through the area has dwindled. Moreover, the frequency of attacks has escalated, leading insurance companies to refrain from insuring ships navigating through the region. Consequently, vessels are opting for alternative routes, albeit at considerable expense. Tune in now as Sal elaborates on the unfolding developments and their implications.

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