US port congestion has significantly worsened, putting further pressure on global supply chains.
On 10th September, the number of all types of ships at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach reached 134, breaking the previous record of 129. Of the 134 ships, 86 were containerships. This broke the previous record of 79, which was recorded just a few days earlier. Additionally, 55 boxships were at anchor in drift areas.
The current peak period – which runs from mid-July to late September – means that many more ships are due to arrive. This will likely result in increasingly severe disruption.
Nearly all North American ports are facing difficulties, and there are reports of heavily disrupted operations at both coastal ports and inland distribution centres.
Ships are also experiencing incredibly long waiting times at anchor outside Los Angeles and Long Beach, including the 1,700 teu A Fuji, which has been waiting to berth since 23rd August.
The record number of ships caught in logjams is reducing capacity and pushing rates even higher.
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