SANTA MONICA, CA – If you look out at the ocean just before the horizon, you might notice something unusual: Several cargo ships are now lining Santa Monica Bay, just off the Santa Monica coast.
It is estimated that 100 ships are floating off the coast of Southern California waiting to enter the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach. The backlog of cargo ships created a bottleneck and led to a major supply chain crisis nationwide.
Governor Gavin Newsom issued an executive order on Wednesday to clean up port congestion while the government addresses the supply chain issue before the holidays.
President Joe Biden directed last week to operate the port 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The move is part of a White House push to remove supply chain disruptions that threaten the Christmas shopping season and are slowing the country’s economic recovery from the coronavirus pandemic.
The National Guard could also be deployed to expedite the process, reports CBS.
For some, the process of delivering the cargo took weeks. Some crew members have been waiting to leave the cargo ships for a month, ABC reports.
About 40 percent of shipping containers entering the United States come through the ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles.
Despite the backlog, the Port of Los Angeles announced its final freight numbers for September, with over 903,865 20-foot equivalent units moving, making it the busiest September in the port’s 114-year history.
“Despite global supply chain challenges, the Port of Los Angeles and its partners continue to deliver record levels of cargo,” said Gene Seroka, executive director of the port. “This is made possible by the extraordinary commitment of our dock workers, truck drivers, terminal operators and so many others on the waterfront and in the warehouses of our region. I am grateful to all of them. “
Patch reached out to the US Coast Guard for more information about the cargo ships in Santa Monica Bay.
– City News Service and Patch Editor Nicole Charky contributed to this report.