Container shipping analysts around the world have this week been providing updates on the global port congestion picture with shippers told to brace for
further hindrances going into Q2. Asia-based Linerlytica pointed out today
that while congestion has eased this week in most parts of Asia, it continues to
escalate in North America, with both west and east coast ports reaching new record
highs during the last week. “While the media focus is on the reduction in the vessel queue in Los Angeles/Long Beach, the reality is the overall containership queue at US ports remain at a record high. The reduction in LA/LB was the result of vessel diversions to the US East Coast as well as other West Coast ports since October 2021, which has spread the congestion contagion to the other North American ports,” Linerlytica pointed out in a weekly report. In total, Linerlytica tallies 10% of the global box ship fleet – or 2.53m teu – is tied up in port congestion at present.