Take a look at the record-breaking port congestion from 10,000 feet above, as 70 hulking cargo ships park off the LA coast
Last week, major ports in Southern California hit a new record jam of cargo ships every day.
An aerial photo shows how the coast has developed into a parking lot for container ships.
Prior to the pandemic, ports typically had zero to one ships waiting to dock and unload.
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From above, they may look like speculation in the distance, but the cargo ships floating off the coast of Southern California represent a massive bottleneck for the global supply chain.
On Monday, 97 huge cargo ships lay in the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach. According to the Marine Exchange of Southern California, 70 of the container ships were anchored or in drift areas waiting for space to become available in the port.
When Sam Kirschner took a picture of his airplane window on Sunday - over 10,000 feet offshore - the southern California ports had just ended a week of breaking new ship backlog records every day as the queue increased by 10 ships.
A photo of the southern California coast taken from an airplane Courtesy of Sam Kirschner
The aerial view of Sunday's scene captures the enormity of the situation as ships wait over a week to dock and unload, and the coast becomes a kind of parking lot for ships over $ 100 million and over Makes 200,000 tons.
Prior to the pandemic, there were typically zero to one ships in ports waiting to dock, according to Kip Louttit, executive director of the Marine Exchange of Southern California
Earlier this year, Louttit told Insider that the sheer size of the ships only made the problem worse.
"Part of the problem is that the ships are twice or three times the size of the ships we saw 10 or 15 years ago," Louttit told Insider. "They take longer to unload. They need more trucks, more trains, more warehouses to load the cargo."
Another Twitter user also took a photo of the scene from above.
The massive backlog has become something of a spectacle in California. Insider's Brittany Chang snapped pictures of the port congestion in April as 21 boats waited to dock.
At that time the cargo ships were clearly visible from the shore.
About 20 containers are waiting to be unloaded in Southern California. Surfers just hang out. Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times via Getty Images
In April, the backlog wreaked havoc on the global supply chain, but it was nowhere near as high as the congestion the port is seeing today.
Earlier this year, the backlog showed signs of subsiding after reaching a record high in February 2020 when the pandemic outbreak and panic buying ravaged global supply chains. Last month, however, ports began to beat the February record as COVID-19 shutdowns and a labor shortage met a demand boom from shopping for remote work to preparing for the Christmas shopping season.
Several Twitter users have also taken photos of recent congestion on nearby beaches.
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