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Hundreds Of Cargo Ships Anchored Off Coast Of Southern California

Large container vessel ship and the horizon

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Never before have 100 cargo ships been anchored and waiting off the coast of Southern California.

That new record hit on Monday Beating the last record set of 97 ships in September. And 45 more cargo ships are set to arrive over the next three days. The ports report regular and contingency anchorages are full. There's no more room. Before the COVID supply crunch issues -- only an average of 17 ships would normally be anchored waiting to come in. “Right now with the ports and everything that’s going on over there, we’re stuck with the containers, having to bring them all to the yard, and we only have so much space,” said UCTI Trucking owner Frank Arrieran.

CBSLA spoke with U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg on Monday who says the Biden Administration is working on both short and long-term solutions. Last week, President Joe Biden announced that the Port of LA would implement 24/7 operations.

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