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San Pedro Bay faces major congestion as ships await berths at anchor

NEARLY a dozen cargo ships lie at anchor off Los Angeles waiting for berths as San Pedro Bay becomes so congested that containers are stacked six high - the most safety regulations will permit

24 November 2020 - 19:00
NEARLY a dozen cargo ships lie at anchor off Los Angeles waiting for berths as San Pedro Bay becomes so congested that containers are stacked six high - the most safety regulations will permit.

Worldwide, finished products, parts and commodities are sitting on ships idled for days waiting for bottlenecks to clear.



PSA Singapore, which handles one-fifth of the world's transshipped containers, says it is experiencing a surge of vessel calls and increased in container volumes.



The port operator is ramping up capacity and working closely with shipping-liner customers to alleviate the current situation.



Southern California's extended surge is exposing long-neglected inefficiencies, lengthening delivery delays and saddling many links in the supply chain with extra costs.



'Anywhere you go, there are just containers everywhere,' said Weston LaBar, CEO of LA's Harbour Trucking Association. 'It's maddening.'



Said Sanne Manders, chief operating officer of San Francisco-based freight forwarder Flexport: 'We expect many of the supply-chain congestion issues we've seen throughout the pandemic to continue through Chinese New Year.'



Ocean rates to the UK have more than doubled this year, according to S&P Global Platts. The Port of Felixstowe said it's 'still experiencing a spike in container volumes.'



Said German shipping giant Hapag-Lloyd: 'We do not see much improvement in the situation at London Gateway until end-December 2020.'


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