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A new queuing system has been developed and implemented to help alleviate port congestion and pollution at the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach. As of November 16, the system now requires cargo vessels that arrive early at the LA and Long Beach ports to wait 150 miles offshore. Previously the ships were able to stay within a small 40-mile perimeter off the ports. The new system has been developed by the Pacific Maritime Association, the Pacific Merchant Shipping Association and the Marine Exchange of Southern California as well as shipping companies and was signed off on by the twin ports. The new queuing process will not apply to vessels currently in the arrival queue.

Despite the implementation of the new system, the port backlog is likely to continue well into 2022 with no end in sight. While the executive summary of the new process estimates that it could take four to six weeks to get down to the current desired level of vessels at anchor—estimated to be from 25 to 35 vessels, the Port of Long Beach just announced that October was the port’s second busiest October ever.

To assist customers during these challenging times in determining where their shipment is and what condition it’s in, DeltaTrak has introduced the new FlashTrak Maritime Container Location Service, a "world first!" that enables customers to track their containers in real-time all from one cloud dashboard. Vessel location is provided by GPS satellite positioning. This service shows exporters and importers where their container is located based on vessel position. ETA is determined by calculations based on historical vessel movement patterns using current Automatic Identification System (AIS) technology. The service has an accuracy of 94% or greater using this method to predict the ETA. The new service integrates with DeltaTrak’s proprietary software, FlashTrak Cloud Service, allowing you to monitor, analyze and display the temperature and location of your containers. Other sensor data such as humidity, light and shock are also available, depending on the FlashLink Real Time Logger model used.

Knowing the location of a shipment, the estimated time of arrival (ETA), and delayed arrival period from the original schedule, allows for advanced insurance claims notification, scheduling of inspections and customer pick-ups. This knowledge empowers decision-makers to quickly make informed decisions regarding cargo disposition.

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