Congestion Worsens at Southern California Ports

Ship congestion around the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach hit an unprecedented level, worsening the bottleneck at the busiest gateway for U.S. imports.

A record 38 containerships are awaiting berth space — 36 at anchor and two that were directed to wait in designated areas at sea until anchorages are available, the Marine Exchange of Southern California said in a note late Jan. 28. It’s the first time since 2004 that so-called drift zones have been used to manage traffic into the neighboring ports.

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