At the Port of Oakland, about 300 nautical miles north of LA and Long Beach, officials say there has been no backlog since August, but container volume dropped 13 percent in September, resulting in unused capacity at the facility.
“There’s no congestion at the Oakland seaport, and we’re ready for more business,” Port of Oakland Maritime Director Bryan Brandes said in a statement. “We need ocean carriers to reinstate services in order to stabilize the supply chain, and our import and export partners echo this sentiment.”
“We should see vessel calls and cargo volume recover in October and November,” said port director Bryan Brandes. “We have capacity in Oakland that needs to be put to use to help shore up the supply chain and support our economy.”
At the Port of Baltimore, officials say that they are seeing more traffic because of congestion at other East Coast hubs. Over the past year, the port's container terminals have handled roughly two dozen unscheduled port calls for vessels that needed an alternate port. In addition, Baltimore has recently secured two additional vessel services totaling 21 ships. It is preparing for the extra traffic with four new Neopanamax container cranes, which will give it enough capacity to work two ultra-large boxships at the same time.
“We are expanding and helping with the supply chain by attracting new services and container ships into the port of Baltimore so we can help alleviate the strain," said Maryland Port Administration Executive Director William Doyle.