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Ship Logjam Cleared at West Coast Ports

posted on November 26, 2004

A ship logjam that caused protracted freight backups at the nation's largest port complex has been cleared, officials say, but the timely flow of cargo remains hampered by ongoing delays at jammed port terminals.

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.

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