FIRES, HURRICANES AND PROTESTERS

October, 2014

Fires, Hurricanes, ProtestorsIt is not like we don’t have enough issues with congestion, chassis shortages and labor negotiations, let’s throw in a fire, a hurricane and a protest to further slow down throughput at California’s ports.

Swells from a hurricane earlier in the month caused $20M in damage to the breakwater protecting the Port of Long Beach. A fire at a pre-World War II wharf at the Port of Los Angeles billowed toxic smoke into the air and shut down Southern California container terminal operations for two days. “Block the Boat” picketers set up shop in Oakland on Saturday. Longshoremen refused to cross the line for “safety” reason. SSA was shut down for the day, and the ZIM ship left without being worked.