The ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach have hit another congestion milestone, as 100 ships are waiting at anchor or in drift zones.
amely, the ports’ effort has not been enough to balance the cargo volume coming from China’s biggest export ports.
In fact, the number of vessels drifting or anchored off LA / Long Beach has ben steadily increasing for months, regularly setting new records.
The result is that currently 100 vessels are waiting, beating last month’s record of 97.
After pressure from President Joe Biden, LA / Long Beach terminal have agreed to operate on 24/7 gate hours. However, extended hours are not expected to resolve the supply chain crisis at a single stroke.
These issues go through the entire chain, from ship to shelf. That’s why we’re not just working with the ports. It’s the truckers, the rail companies, the operators and also those retail companies that are at the other end of those supply chains
Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg told ABC.
What is more, in addition to increased emissions from idling vessels and extra truck traffic, residents of Wilmington and Long Beach are also dealing with trailered containers tailing back into residential streets.