Port congestion at largest US West Coast ports with record levels

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Port congestion at the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, the two largest US West Coast ports, have reached record levels for the period mid-September to mid-October, CargoSmart reports in its November letter. The data is based on over 2,000 vessel arrivals from 21 carriers and is obtained via Global Vessel Voyage Monitoring Center.

The data showed that the situation at Long Beach is worse with average vessel arrival delay of 30.4 hours compared to averaged 27.5 hours at Los Angeles. The berth times (difference between the time of arrival and time of departure) are average 90.3 hours at Long Beach and average 82.6 hours at Los Angeles.

Thus, the average arrival delays for the period April 22- October 22 are 24.8 hours at Long Beach and 21.4 hours at Los Angeles. The average berth times are 26 hours at Long Beach and 59 at Los Angeles.

The report also showed that in both ports the larger the vessel, the longer the berth times. 

“In addition, larger vessels are experiencing longer vessel arrival delays and longer berth times than smaller vessels,” CargoSmart noted.

For vessel with a capacity between 6,000 and 8,000 TEUs, the average berth time at both ports was between 3 to 4 days. The time rose to almost 86-hour average berth time for 8,000- to 9,999-TEU vessels and more than 100-hour for 10,000+TEU.

At both ports, more that 60% of the vessel arrival delays exceeded 24 hours for vessels with more than 8,000-TEU capacity.

For vessels with a capacity under 10,000-TEU, the percentage of vessel arrival delays over 24 hours increased as vessel capacity increased at Los Angeles. The performance of vessels with 10,000+TEU capacity at the same port had a smaller proportion of vessel arrival delays over 24 hours than vessels with capacity in the 8,000- to 9,999-TEU range.