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US: Fact check: Around 170 ships waiting to dock in Long Beach, Los Angeles ports

Everything you're waiting for is in these containers

  Everything you're waiting for is in these containers Virtually every US home contains items that came through the ports of Los Angeles or Long Beach. © Qian Weizhong/VCG/Getty Images Aerial view of container ships waiting to enter and unload at the port of Long Beach on October 16, 2021 in Long Beach, California. The neighboring ports, a mere two nautical miles from each other, are the two largest in the country, measured by containters handled — with Los Angeles holding the top spot.

In fact , our records show that there 84 vessels currently anchored just outside of LA / Long Beach ,” Hatzimanolis said. Reuters previously addressed the claim that delays at U.S. ports have been purposely orchestrated by the U.S. government (here). Dozens of social media users previously shared a screenshot which appears to match Marine Traffic’s mobile interface, making the false claim that the image showed hundreds of cargo The southern California complex, Port of Los Angeles - Long Beach , handles approximately 40% of all inbound containers for the United States (here).

Fact check : Dozens of ships waiting off California coast amid backup at ports . An organization that operates the Vessel Traffic Service for the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach told USA Of those, 64 were at dock loading or unloading cargo, 60 were at anchor and 29 were adrift off the coast.

The claim: Image shows 200,000 cargo containers waiting to dock at Long Beach port

Oct 16, 2021; San Pedro, Calif., USA; Cargo ship await to enter the Port of Los Angeles. Supply chain issues have caused shortages of goods throughout the country with cargo ships waiting off shore in Southern California to off-load. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro, USA TODAY Staff ORG XMIT: USAT-471685 [Via MerlinFTP Drop] © Robert Hanashiro, USA TODAY Oct 16, 2021; San Pedro, Calif., USA; Cargo ship await to enter the Port of Los Angeles. Supply chain issues have caused shortages of goods throughout the country with cargo ships waiting off shore in Southern California to off-load. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro, USA TODAY Staff ORG XMIT: USAT-471685 [Via MerlinFTP Drop]

As two ports in California work around the clock to alleviate the backlog of cargo ships waiting to unload, some social media users are claiming the backup numbers in the hundreds of thousands.

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Ship backlogs at ports are not limited to Los Angeles . Elsewhere in the United States, ports in New York, New Jersey, Georgia, and Texas have faced similar challenges, according to news reports. Meanwhile, China’s Yantian port in Shenzhen has more than 67 container ships waiting , partly because tropical cyclone Kompasu caused the port to temporarily close. The Drive (2021, October 4) Satellite Images Show Massive Armada Of Idle Cargo Ships Waiting To Dock In Long Beach .

On October 13, 2021, some 53 container ships were waiting outside the ports of Los Angeles The Statistics Portal. Directly accessible data for 170 industries from 50 countries and over 1 Mio. facts . Number of container ships waiting outside the Port of Los Angeles and the Port of Long Beach

"This is current map of cargo containers at sea waiting to port around the U.S.," reads the caption of a viral Oct. 21 Facebook post, which accumulated 3,000 shares in a week. "There are now 200,000 containers just at the Long Beach, CA port waiting to dock."

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Other versions of the post have also accrued thousands of shares.

Accompanying the caption is an image of a map of the western coasts of North and South America. Green arrows can be seen spread all over the Pacific Ocean, with a heavy concentration near the the U.S. West Coast.

Fact check: Dozens of ships waiting off California coast amid backup at ports

But the map doesn't show what the post claims.

The green arrows in the image represent cargo ships that are moving, not waiting to dock. And the 200,000 number in the post is taken out of context.

$24 billion in goods is floating outside California's biggest ports

  $24 billion in goods is floating outside California's biggest ports Extreme port congestion has become a major nuisance that just won't go away this year. Unfortunately, it could be one of the biggest problems of 2022, too. © Qian Weizhong/VCG/Getty Images Aerial view of containers and ships at the Port of Los Angeles on October 23, 2021 in San Pedro, California. Backlogs and elevated shipping costs are likely to persist "at least" through the middle of next year, Goldman Sachs warned clients in a note Monday. "No immediate solution for the underlying supply-demand imbalances at US ports is available," the bank's economists concluded in the research report.

The US shipping crisis is not going away as 33 cargo ships float off the coast of LA waiting to dock . A supply-chain crisis has been brewing off the coast of Southern California for many months as massive freighters wait for dock space to open up. Current port delays are near a record high. On Friday, 33 ships were anchored off the coast waiting for a spot to open up to unload at Los Angeles and Long Beach ports , according to data from the Marine Exchange of Southern California.

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — Cargo ships continue to arrive off the coast of Southern California, and the shipping bottleneck may be why product prices are going up, even though shelves remain empty. Officials say there could be as many as half a million shipping containers on cargo ships off the ports of LA and Long Beach , waiting to be offloaded. Frustrated truck drivers say the port needs to speed up wait times and have more docks ready to offload products, to keep up with demands.

The image is a screengrab from the vessel-tracking website MarineTraffic.com that has been misrepresented recently as evidence of ships waiting to unload at the Los Angeles and Long Beach ports.

USA TODAY reached out to the poster for comment.

Numbers off on several fronts

The day this Facebook post was made, 108 container ships were waiting to dock at the Los Angeles and Long Beach ports, according to an Oct. 21 anchorage report by the Marine Exchange of Southern California. Of those, 79 were at anchor or in holding areas, and 29 were at berth.

Accounting for all types of ships, the report said there were 169 vessels at berth and at anchor in both Californian ports.

The 200,000 figure appears to come from a misunderstanding of a statement by an official from the Port of Los Angeles.

Gene Seroka, the port's executive director, said they had approximately 200,000 shipping containers still on ships at sea, CNN reported on Oct. 19.

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LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- The major backlog of container ships at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach is the worst its ever been, with 100 ships waiting to enter and unload as of Tuesday. That number breaks last month's record of 97 vessels. To put it into context, there would typically be One economist said the backlog at American ports is partially due to a change in consumer spending patterns during the pandemic. The CEO of a toy-making company said the cost of shipping supplies such as cardboard and plastic have recently increased by 300%, and expects some toy prices to

However, that's in Los Angeles, not at Long Beach Port as the Facebook post claims.

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Image primarily shows moving ships

Georgios Hatzimanolis, a media strategist with MarineTraffic, confirmed to USA TODAY in an email the map doesn't exclusively show ships waiting to dock.

The green arrows in the Facebook image represent ships moving, not those waiting to dock, Hatzimanolis told USA TODAY. Cargo ships at anchor would be represented by a green dot.

MarineTraffic, aware of how their live map has been misinterpreted of late, posted a map legend on Twitter for users to know what each icon represents.

"Green is cargo, red is tankers, arrow means vessels moving, dot means stopped," the Oct. 14 tweet read.

This errant claim echoes a Facebook post previously debunked by USA TODAY, when a screengrab from MarineTraffic was falsely represented as showing a mass of "sitting ships" all over the world. The map actually showed all ships moving and anchored.

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Ports of LA, Long Beach to fine firms over container backlog

  Ports of LA, Long Beach to fine firms over container backlog LOS ANGELES (AP) — In an effort to ease congestion at the nation’s busiest port complex, officials said Monday that they will start fining shipping companies whose cargo containers linger for too long at marine terminals. The twin ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach said in a statement that arriving containers scheduled to be moved by trucks will be allowed to stay for nine days before fines start accruing. Containers set to move by rail can stay at the ports for three days. © Provided by Associated Press In this Tuesday, Oct. 19, 2021, photo shipping containers are stacked up at Maersk APM Terminals Pacific at the Port of Los Angeles.

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Our rating: False

Based on our research, we rate FALSE the claim that an image shows 200,000 cargo containers waiting to dock at Long Beach Port in California. The image is a screengrab from a vessel-tracking website that has been previously the subject of misinformation. The company confirmed to USA TODAY the green arrows in the image represent actively moving ships, not those waiting to dock. The day the image was posted there were 108 container ships waiting to dock at the Los Angeles and Long Beach ports..

Our fact-check sources:

  • USA TODAY, Oct. 22, Biden says running LA ports 24/7 will help save Christmas shopping. It's not that simple, experts warn
  • USA TODAY, Oct. 14, Fact check: Image of live shipping map shows those underway as well as those waiting to dock
  • Dimitri D Garcia, Oct. 19, Facebook post
  • Marine Traffic, Oct. 14, tweet
  • Marine Traffic, accessed Oct. 28, Live Map
  • Marine Traffic, accessed Oct. 28, Getting Started: Vessels
  • LinkedIn, accessed Oct. 28, Georgios Hatzimanolis
  • George Hatzimanolis, Oct. 28, Email exchange with USA TODAY
  • Reuters, Oct. 21, Fact check - Screenshot does not show 200,000 ships waiting to dock at Long Beach Port, California
  • Marine Traffic, Oct. 28, Live Map around Long Beach Port
  • Marine Exchange of Southern California, accessed Oct. 28, About
  • Marine Exchange of Southern California, Oct. 21, Anchorage Report Thursday Oct. 21 (Email)
  • Kip Louttit, Oct. 28, Email exchange with USA TODAY
  • CNN, Oct. 19, North America's biggest container port faces record backlog
  • CNN, Oct. 13, Biden discusses supply chain crisis with US ports and carriers

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Texas Gov. Greg Abbott thinks the delays at the nation's largest ports in Southern California is an opportunity for Texas to capture more business. © Tannen Maury/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock An aerial photo shows container ships at a Port of Houston. Or at least he might want his state's voters to think so, even if he doesn't believe it. His campaign has put out a video which wrongly claims the way for cargo to get around delays in Southern California is to sail to ports in Texas instead.

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