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January 26, 2015

Hello all,

Below is a vessel satellite location map showing the 35 ships piling up on the WC and vessels drifting off the CA coast waiting to discharge cargo. We are exploring all option at this time, including written requests to Federal mediators asking for PMA and ILWU temporary agreement to go back to full terminal/labor capacity.

Vessels at Anchor just outside of LA/LB



Vessels drifting off the coast of Lompoc, CA

Here’s the even scarier part: below are vessels underway to LA/LB. I’m told they are ‘drifting’. Yes, a new steamship term. Since they are going to get here to anchor and wait, they’ve slowed from slow steaming to ‘drifting’ instead of anchoring at ports paying extra port fee.


January 19, 2015

US West Coast Ports Update

Dear APL Valued Customer,

With the deteriorating labor situation at the US West Coast ports, congestion is now approaching gridlock. As of late last week, between 12 and 13 containerships were reportedly awaiting for berth space to become available off Los Angeles and Long Beach at any one time. Shippers can expect extended shipment delays and schedule changes ­as APL and its partners cope with the disruptions.

Below is an update on services and/or vessels impacted, including some of which may already have been communicated separately. APL will continue to provide operational updates as information becomes available.