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In 2022, a year of great change, during this year, the number of container ships outside all ports in the United States will remain at around 150 for a long time. Now, not only on the West Coast, but also on the East Coast and the Gulf of Mexico, there are fewer and fewer ships.
Vessel position data showed there were only 30 container ships at ports across the nation on Friday. All queues are reduced to single digits per port.
The Chinese New Year holiday will give U.S. ports a chance to clear the last of the queues.
On Friday morning, there were 25 container ships waiting in ports on the East Coast and Gulf Coast, about half as many as in late November and about a quarter as many as in mid-2022.
Only eight container ships were waiting at the Port of Savannah on Friday. (nearly 50 ships waiting in mid-2022; still close to 30 at the end of November)
A port update reported by Hapag-Lloyd in late December said the Savannah terminal was operating at just 60% utilization.
10 a.m. ET Friday, container ships near Tybee Island, Ga.
Eight container ships are also moored outside the port of Norfolk, Virginia. Hapag-Lloyd said the yard utilization rate at Norfolk International Terminal was 56%.
Vessels in Virginia Beach at 10 a.m. ET Friday
There are only six ships near the Port of Houston. In the last week of December, Houston's Barbours Cut terminal was at 41% utilization and the rail yard was at 29%, Hapag-Lloyd said.
10 a.m. ET on Friday from ships out of the Port of Houston
At all other North American ports, queues ranged from zero to two vessels, marking a return to pre-pandemic standards.
After New York/New Jersey surpassed the Port of Los Angeles to become No. 1 in the United States. Only 2 container ships were waiting last Friday. Hapag-Lloyd sees yard utilization at the port's Maher terminal at 67% at the end of December, compared with 45% for APMT and 35% for GCT Bayonne.
On the West Coast, two ships are anchored in San Francisco Bay awaiting a berth in Oakland, and only one is anchored in Los Angeles/Long Beach. The other Seattle and Tacoma ports had no ships waiting to berth. Hapag-Lloyd said Tacoma's Washington Union Terminal was operating at 46% and Husky Terminal was operating at 30%.
Kip Louttit, executive director of the Marine Exchange of Southern California, said there have been no queues near Los Angeles/Long Beach since Nov. 22, when all non-arrival vessels were out of port Operational reason.
Statistics from the Port of Long Beach show that the number of imported containers waiting at the terminal for 9 days or more is down to 14,921 (down 96% from the peak in late 2021).
At the Port of Los Angeles, the number of imported containers waiting nine days or more has dropped 90% from its peak in late October 2021.