Studying the Impact of Pandemic Outbreaks on Maritime Transportation and Port Operation

The COVID-19 pandemic was unraveling the economy nationally and globally as most of the world moved toward a lockdown that entails the closure of significant portions of both the service and manufacturing industries. Due to the pandemic outbreak, ports have seen many “blank sailings” - ships scheduled to arrive that never finished their journeys. Scheduled vessel calls in many ports have been canceled by shipping lines. Ocean carriers worldwide have scrubbed voyages due to dwindling demand by shippers for vessel space. Many ports are currently seeing sharp falls in activity. The proposed research study will investigate the impact of pandemic outbreaks on maritime transportation, especially on port operation. It is important to study how to mitigate the myriad of issues which arise in such events. This may provide the authorities and stakeholders in ports and maritime transportation the better understanding of the vulnerability of the maritime domain to the future pandemic outbreaks and the external shocks to the system.


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    • Status: Completed
    • Funding: $86083
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    • Sponsor Organizations:

      Center for Advanced Multimodal Mobility Solutions and Education

      University of North Carolina, Charlotte
      Charlotte, NC  United States  28223

      Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology

      University Transportation Centers Program
      Department of Transportation
      Washington, DC  United States  20590
    • Managing Organizations:

      University of North Carolina, Charlotte

      Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
      9201 University City Boulevard
      Charlotte, NC  United States  28223-0001
    • Project Managers:

      Fan, Wei

    • Performing Organizations:

      Texas Southern University, Houston

      3100 Cleburne Street
      Houston, TX  United States  77004
    • Principal Investigators:

      Azimi, Mehdi

      Qi, Yi

    • Start Date: 20201001
    • Expected Completion Date: 20220930
    • Actual Completion Date: 20220930

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    Filing Info

    • Accession Number: 01754807
    • Record Type: Research project
    • Source Agency: Center for Advanced Multimodal Mobility Solutions and Education
    • Contract Numbers: 69A3551747133
    • Files: UTC, RIP
    • Created Date: Oct 17 2020 2:02PM