I frequently have aerial photo work that takes me past the Port of Los Angeles and Port of Long Beach (collectively known as "America's Port"), which are, respectively, the #1 and #2 largest ports in the United States by volume. With almost 25% of the nation's imports coming through the two ports, it always looks busy as I fly past. Over the past year or so, I've been noticing more and more cargo ships anchored off the coast, dotting the ocean around the Port of LA and Port of Long Beach. The pandemic has disrupted the global supply chain to such a degree that the facilities at America's Port are not able to process the massive influx of cargo ships that are arriving with goods to offload.
The Wall Street Journal article is reporting that retailers are chartering smaller private cargo ships in order to stock their shelves in time for the holidays. Hopefully these smaller vessels will relieve some of the congestion surrounding the two ports.
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