As the volume for shipping increases, what changes are being made to handle it?

Larger shipping containers are creating even bigger problems for the shipping industry.

Larger shipping containers are creating even bigger problems for the shipping industry.

The shipping industry is expanding in more ways than one. Although the world isn't getting any bigger, the economic need for shipping, quickly, efficiently and properly is beginning to become an issue in ports across the oceans.

A recent Wall Street Journal article highlights the issue of costly delays due to congested ports and lack of change. Over $900 billion worth of goods and materials are transported yearly from the U.S.

A larger than life issue facing most ports is the size of today's ocean carriers. Built for speed and fuel efficiency, many of these ships would be taller than the Empire State Building if stood on end.

Some ships have even formed alliances to combine loads and solidify their safe, quick arrival.

Despite these steps, many ships face issues that are out of their control. 

According to the American Association of Port Authorities, at least seven of the 10 busiest U.S. ports are struggling with congestion.

Container volume at U.S. ports has increased steadily since the latest recession, and in some East Coast ports has hit an all-time high.

The top five most productive U.S ports based on the number of ships loading and unloading per hour, or repositioning per hour are:

  • Los Angeles
  • Miami
  • Charlestown, South Carolina 
  • New York/New Jersey
  • Savannah, Georgia.

Retail strategist at consulting firm Kurt Salmon, Frank Layo estimates that shipping delay expenses could cost the U.S. $37 billion by 2016.

Another effect of this congestion may be the loss of ships docking and unloading at U.S. ports, instead traveling to more expensive Asian ports, among others.

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