Logjam of vessels waiting near Long Beach grows to 87

There are no signs of improvement for the queues of container vessels waiting off the ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles, says container analyst Lars Jensen. The vessels are now waiting further out to sea.

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The logjam of container vessels waiting off the ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles on the US west coast climbed to 87 Friday, thereby continuing the accumulation of container capacity outside the two ports, notes container analyst Lars Jensen in a LinkedIn post.

"Basically, this shows that the queue, and hence congestion, of vessels outside LA/LB is not improving – it is simply be relocated elsewhere," writes Lars Jensen and cites the fact that 28 of the 87 vessels are waiting several hundred nautical miles off the coast to curb pollution near the coastline of the San Pedro Bay.

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