The number of cargo ships forced to remain anchored outside the twin ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach has declined about 85 percent over the past week, said John T. Smith, who monitors ship movements at the ports for the Marine Exchange.
On Nov. 19, seven ships were anchored outside the ports. In recent months, around 40 ships typically were stationed offshore waiting to enter. Officials said during the logjam, on average it would take a week or more to load and unload berthed ships. This week, ship turnaround times have not exceeded five days.