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New video shows a large range of boxship traffic jams in California

The newly released US Coast Guard video provides visceral evidence of how crowded the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach have become. A new view from above reveals a vast fleet of container ships moored across California’s San Pedro Bay.

As the Coast Guard footage depicts, the latest data from the Port of Los Angeles and the Southern California Marine Exchange tells the story behind those images.

The data confirm that there was no real disappointment in the traffic jams on historic container ships off the coast of California.

As of Thursday, there were 25 container ships in the berths of Los Angeles and Long Beach. 32 container ships were moored. This is about the same level that has been established since the beginning of this year. (Records of 40 container ships moored on February 1 were set).

Los Angeles Harbor, through its platform signalRecently, we have begun to disclose the number of anchoring days for certain container ships. The numbers confirm that some vessels spend about as much time anchoring as it takes to cross the Pacific Ocean.

As of Thursday, Ever Emboy, with a capacity of 6,332 20-foot equivalent units (TEU), was moored for 11 days. The other ships that had just anchored were waiting just as long. As of Tuesday, 9,400-TEUMSC Romane was moored for 12 days. 11,356-TEU CMA CGM Andromeda, 8,452-TEU Everliven, 4,888-TEUNYK Nebula for 11 days.

According to the signal, the average berthing time for vessels calling at Los Angeles was from 6.9 days on Tuesday to 8 days as of Thursday. Signal has been providing information on ship waiting times since January 27th. Since then, the waiting time has averaged only about a week.

Causes of traffic

Extension of berthing time This month, some shipping companies were forced to cancel multiple voyages.. It is not due to a lack of cargo demand, but rather to a shortage of vessels available to handle those services.

Delays on the land side are causing log jams at sea. Very high inbound volumes, combined with logistical complexity both inside and outside the harbor, are causing land-side delays.

One of the challenges in the port Accompanied by COVID infection between port workers.. The International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) reported that as of January 17, 694 members were positive. By January 25, the number had skyrocketed to 803.

Graph the progress of congestion

As previously reported by American Shipper, the number of container ships at Anchor has already exceeded the number during the labor dispute between ILWU and its employers in 2014-15.

Since January 2019, the Marine Exchange has provided American Shipper with historical data to keep track of the current backlog of container ships.

(Graph data: Southern California Ocean Exchange. Data are bimonthly from January 2019 to November 2020, daily from December 2020 to the present)

The data show that the number of container ships in Bath began to increase in July. The number of anchored vessels has steadily increased since November.

By the end of the year, the number of berthed container ships had increased to 30. Since then, it has remained between the 20s and 40s. Meanwhile, the number of vessels in Bath in Los Angeles and Long Beach remains in their late 20s and late 30s.

Kip Louttit, Secretary-General of the Southern California Marine Exchange, told American Shipper: I don’t know if that will continue. “

Consumers to see empty shelves

That new, new normal will be felt more and more by consumers.

Lauren Brand, chairman of the National Association of Waterfront Employers, testified at a hearing of the House Subcommittee on Tuesday that offshore vessels currently carry about 190,000 trucks of cargo.

“Currently, there are containers in the United States that hold parts for manufacturing and assembly sites. The longer this lasts, the more you will see some of them start to lag behind schedules.

“I asked one of the local retailers, Chico’s, if there was a particular spring color. They were stuck in the harbor and said’no’,” the brand said.

“We are seeing the decline of the fashion market. It may be packed with Valentine’s Day goods. You can see that it is packed with Easter goods. And it actually arrives too late to reach the market. There are things that cannot be released. Therefore, there is an economic impact from consumer goods to manufacturing. ” Click to see more Freight Waves / American Shipper articles by Greg Miller

Container details: Trans-Pacific trade crashes into the ceiling: See the story here.. The COVID can cause the port to fail. See the story here.. Inside a California Container Ship Traffic Congestion: See the story here..

New video shows a large range of boxship traffic jams in California New video shows a large range of boxship traffic jams in California

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