The number of containerships lined up in San Pedro Bay has marked a new record of 56, according to the Marine Exchange of Southern California. Concurrently, there are 31 containerships at berth in the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach that could result in double the number of boxships outside the ports, if the number of vessels continue to rise up.
The tally of ships standing by at the Los Angeles and Long Beach ports has gone up as importers seek to beat the peak season.
As per the Port of Los Angeles, the waiting time at anchorage is 8.5 days, based on a 30-day rolling average. For the week of 12th to 18th September it looks for import volumes of 133,582 TEU, up 9.14% from the previous week, and 25.06% year-on-year. As per the expectations, the import volumes would rise further 21.65% at the Port of Los Angeles in the week of 19th to 25th September to 162,498 TEU, up 45.37% year-on-year.
A record imbalance between import and export volumes is resulting in a huge pile up of empty containers in Southern Californian ports, according to a report by Seatrade Maritime News last week.
The upcoming Golden Week holidays from 1st to 7th October in China may provide some sort of rest with container lines blanking a number sailings for this period.
Apart from the delays to imports that are causing concerns in the US, environmental groups are disturbed about the pollution from the large number of ships waiting at anchor.
“Just like idling cars, fossil fueled ships idling outside of our ports emit pollution that is bad for our air, bad for our communities and compounds our climate crisis. Emissions from the shipping industry contribute to the worst impacts of climate change, choke the air around our port communities and the surge from ships restocking for the holiday season has led to shocking levels of air pollution.” said Mandeera Wijetunga, Climate Campaigner, Southern California, Pacific Environment.
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As reported by marinemonks earlier, the previous such record was made at the Los Angeles and Long Beach Ports, when over 44 container-ships were queued outside. Before which, over 30 container-ships were queued outside the San Pedro ports.