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Oakland tops LA area as waves of ships inundate world's ports

Los Angeles port officials now see progress in reducing their bottleneck situation, but further north in Oakland the queue of ships is growing. Meanwhile, European ports are dealing with the Suez blockage fallout.

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Los Angeles port officials see progress in reducing their bottleneck of cargo ships. Sail north to Oakland, though, and the line is even longer and there's talk of the congestion lasting through the summer.

As of Friday, 25 container carriers were waiting to enter the Port of Oakland at anchor in San Francisco Bay and in a holding area offshore, up from 21 at the beginning of the week and little changed from a month earlier, a spokesman said. Outside the adjacent ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, the queue was 21 ships long, also about the same as in mid-March.

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