No quick fixes seen for shipping bottlenecks, port congestion

No quick fixes seen for shipping bottlenecks, port congestion

  From the hills of San Pedro, Calif., you can see the problem firsthand: Towering cranes unload containerships at every available berth, and stacks of containers swell in the freight yards.  Loaded containerships occupy every available anchorage inside and outside the long seawall. The number of ships waiting to unload in recent weeks at the adjacent ports of Los Angeles…
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Port of Virginia avoids  major container backlogs

Port of Virginia avoids major container backlogs

Dozens of ships are waiting for berths off Los Angeles.  Puget Sound is so overloaded, rarely used anchorages have filled up.  And now, the cargo backlogs are spreading to the East Coast ports of Savannah and New York-New Jersey.  The Port of Virginia, meanwhile, continues to operate normally despite similar surges in cargo that have bedeviled other ports.  Joe Harris,…
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Locked and overloaded

Locked and overloaded

The Soo Lock in Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., is the busiest lock system in the world by cargo tonnage. It’s known as the “Linchpin of the Lakes” for its importance to Great Lakes maritime commerce.   After a lengthy wait for Congressional funding, there is now money to build a new lock chamber. Once complete, sometime around 2030, the new…
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