The top officials at the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach said that it would take three months to clear the thousands of shipping containers left stranded on nearly two dozen ships near Port.
The backlog is the product of epic congestion exacerbated by contentious labor talks between dockworkers and management.
The ports need three months "to get back to a sense of normalcy," with the first month focused on getting caught up on the backlog, according to Port of Los Angeles Executive Director Gene Seroka. Seroka and Long Beach Port Chief Executive Jon Slangerup participated in a panel at the recent Trans-Pacific Maritime Conference in Long Beach.
Tuesday was the first time in awhile that the number of vessels anchored at the breakwater dipped under 30 ships, Seroka said.
The Marine Exchange of Southern California said 29 backed-up vessels were anchored off the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, including 20 container ships. Many see the congestion in the west coast as a possible opportunity for the shipping and cargo industry to focus on the Gulf and East Coast ports. There are backlogs and infrastructure updates to be considered in 2015 and beyond, but heavier ships and more cargo are predicted for the Port of Houston.
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