The ongoing congestion at the San Pedro Bay area ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach broke yet another record on Wednesday, as a whopping 81 container ships are currently waiting to enter the ports.
The congestion has been breaking new records with each passing day, and passed the 80-containership mark for the first time, surpassing the previous record of 79 boxships.
There were 81 containerships either at anchor or loitering in drift areas in San Pedro Bay, yet to dock at Los Angeles and the Long Beach Ports, according to Marine Exchange of Southern California. As of 9th November, some 30 boxships are at berth in the two ports.
The growing queue of vessels comes despite Federal Government intervention to try and clear the backlog at the key US gateway terminals.
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Port of Los Angeles Executive Director Gene Seroka revealed last week that numerous vessels at anchor under 10,000 TEU were new callers at the port either from lines that have entered the Transpacific trade recently or chartered in by retailers aiming to tackle supply chain congestion. These vessels have been setting sail from ports in Asia with berth reservations at the Port of LA and end up queueing up for weeks in San Pedro Bay for berth space, according to Seroka.
The total number of vessels of all types either at anchor or waiting in San Pedro Bay on 9th November was 168, one less than the back-up record of 169 on 21st October this year.