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pmedic920 wrote:I think it’s all of our major ports, not only in Cali.
Is there not a back up in Seattle?
Flyingsquad23 wrote:It’s a multiple of reasons. Money for longshore is not one of them. The waterfront is afflicted with the same problem many industries are facing. Experienced workers are burnt out and new and old are realizing that grinding 70-100 hour weeks is not worth it.
As far as the ports, its a combination of cargo volumes exploding with the introduction of the world’s biggest cargo vessels and individual ports not having the financial ability to continue upgrading their infrastructure. In Tacoma they have made massive investments in several terminals only to be at max capacity at opening. Money and time for further expansion is in short supply. Top that off with a rail system that has been operating at above capacity for many years and Rail conglomerates that refuse to invest their own money in the needed upgrades and manning increases.
The supply chain has been playing a dangerous game of on time deliveries that never took into account the insane increase in demand from a locked down country. 20 years ago one of our port commissioners shared a study that predicted steady increase in container volume for the next 50 years. In other words they knew it was coming and still kicked the can down the road.
That doesn’t even include lack of truck drivers and highway congestion. Port truckers include some of the lowest paid in the industry with abysmal terminal turn times. Many companies won’t operate at night or swing due to overtime and driver hour requirements.
Even with full compliments of workers operating at peak performance there is only a finite number of containers that can be moved in a day. The whole system is failing.
If you want a good look at the problem check out the MarineTraffic App, its not free but if you get it first look at LA/Longbeach and the area around it….then scroll over to the China Sea. Literally thousands of vessels at anchor.
Companies like Target and Amazon are chartering their own vessels in an attempt to get their product. Hundreds of vessels have been recommissioned to be used as floating warehouses.
I have never seen anything like it in my 35 years, and I don’t see any way to climb out.