After the record breaking congestion at the U.S.’s San Pedro ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, which started easing from the end of last week, delays and congestion have started to rise again in the other ports of the United States and Asia.
The number of vessels at anchor or in drift areas in the Los Angeles and Long Beach ports have now reduced to 62, down from 92, as reported on 21st September, reported the Marine Exchange of Southern California. Currently there are about 33 vessels at berth in the San Pedro ports.
This number however, is expected to rise again, as 19 more containerships are scheduled to arrive at the drift and anchorage areas in the San Pedro ports, while just 12 vessels would more into berth at the ports. ” So the trend of container ships at anchor or in drift areas should also be up,” added the Marine Exchange.
Adding to the concern, reports of growing congestion in the other U.S. and Asian ports are surfacing once again, with Maersk reporting that the Port of Seattle is struggling with the available yard capacity, with waiting times thereby rising to whopping 11 to 12 days to secure berth-space, while port stays are up from three days, to about seven long days, said the Danish shipping giant in an Asia-Pacific market update.
The company further reported about the Port of Savannah in the East Coast of the United States is being challenging too. Maersk said, “There were around 30+ vessels at anchorage with wait times upwards of 7 days in mid-September.”
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With major Asian ports like Shanghai, Ningbo-Zhoushan and Busan reporting delays of at-least three days on an average, Maersk also reported about the major load ports in the Asia-Pacific region being hit by various factors like rough weather conditions (typhoons), rise in COVID-19 (delta variant) and more, which is resulting in a surge of congestion in the Asian ports too. The company said, “Operational challenges remain in port operations and the situation is not expected to improve in the immediate future.“