According to MarineTraffic, more ships are now waiting outside US East Coast ports than along the West Coast.
As of today (7 April) 15 containers vessels carrying a total of 95,000 TEU are at anchor, waiting to enter the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach.
At the same time, 18 ships are waiting off port limits to berth at the Port of Charleston, and 12 are outside the Port of Norfolk. These vessels are carrying a combined total of 209,000 TEU.
Shipping expert Lars Jensen previously noted that vessel queues outside Charleston were rising, as 31 vessels were waiting to berth at the port on 25 February.
“As can be seen on vessel finder there are also large queues of vessels outside the other major US East and Gulf Coast ports. It thus appears that part of the reason for the improvement in California is not that the supply chain problem is being resolved – the problem is merely being shifted elsewhere,” Jensen said in a social media post.