In 2021, a record-breaking 10.7 million 20-foot containers passed through the Port of Los Angeles. This is an increase of 13% from the previous record set in 2018. According to Gene Seroka, executive director of the Port of Los Angeles, that pace will likely continue.
For 18 months now, the Port of Los Angeles has received 900,000 container units per month. "We're running now about 17-18 ships a day that are working in port. That's 70-80% higher productivity than we ever had before Covid-19," Seroka said.
But although the volume coming into the ports remains at the same level as last fall, the seas outside of the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach look different. Four container vessels are at anchor outside the Port of Los Angeles, while 10 remain anchored at sea at near the Port of Long Beach as of Tuesday.
The ‘parking lot’ of ships doesn't exist anymore, as the ports have slowed the rate at which ships come in. Forty-five ships are slowly drifting toward the port of Los Angeles about 150 miles offshore.
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