Trade war, coronavirus and an increase in average vessel size, as well as a shift of certain services from the west coast to the east coast of the United States, are helping to keep two of the main ports of the American west coast flagging, Los Angeles and Long Beach.
In February there was a sharp drop in the total number of vessel calls: 346 against a monthly average of 380.
Considering that February is a short 29-day month, proportionally about 355 ships should have called at the two ports.
January was also not a particularly brilliant month from the point of view of vessel calls. In the container sector (that makes up over 40% of the total traffic of the two ports) 1992 ships called, 7% less compared to the same period last year.
Translation by Giles Foster