April 14, 2015
By Patrick Ho, CargoSmart Global Vessel Voyage Monitoring Center
In March, CargoSmart’s Innovating e-newsletter featured an
article about the port performance of Los Angeles and Long Beach from August
2014 through January 2015. The study found that vessel arrival delays and berth
times dramatically increased from August 2014 to January 2015.
To find out whether port congestion has improved after the
Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) and the International Longshore and
Warehouse Union (ILWU) reached a tentative agreement on February 20, we
reviewed the berth times and vessels waiting outside the two ports.
Over the past four weeks, from March 13 to April 9, 2015,
the average berth times have fluctuated. When we compared the current figures
with the January figures we reported in the March issue of Innovating, we found that the average berth times at the Port of
Los Angeles went from 160.4 hours down to 94.4 hours. For the Port of Long
Beach, the average berth times dropped from 146.6 hours down to 83.4 hours.
Both ports experienced an over 40% decrease in their average berth times. The
findings from the last four weeks are shown in the chart below.
Date Range: March 13 – April 9, 2015
Los Angeles Vessel Arrivals: 89
Longest Berth Time: 216.5 Hours
Average Berth Time: 94.4 Hours
Long Beach Vessel Arrivals: 67
Longest Berth Time: 193.2 Hours
Average Berth Time: 83.4 Hours
In addition, we monitored the vessel activities
around the two ports. As of the morning of April 13, we did not see any vessels
waiting outside the ports. This reveals that the port congestion at the two
ports has improved.