Port Congestion – Los Angeles

As we reported recently, Los Angeles port is still suffering from severe congestion.

It was hoped that this would ease following peak season, however there has been little reduction in demand for berths and many vessels are spending as much time at anchor outside the port as it takes to cross the Pacific Ocean.

To illustrate the severity of this problem, please see the video below –

One of the challenges inside the ports involves COVID infections among dockworkers.   The International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) reported 694 of its members had tested positive as of 17th January.   By 25th January, the number had jumped to 803.