Because of continuing cargo ship congestion, Seattle and Tacoma port authorities on the US north-west coast have announced extended gate hours at ports.
Northwest Seaport Alliance CEO John Wolfe said that it was an unprecedented time for the global supply chain, noting that as many as 15 cargo ships were waiting to berth at the Port of Seattle and Tacoma. Under normal circumstances, cargo ships could dock directly at the container terminal without any waiting time. Mr. Wolfe said that terminal operators had added night shifts, with some offering Saturday operations.
The Northwest Seaport Alliance and the terminal operators were discussing standardizing the extended working hours. But Wolfe said that this alone would not fix the problem. He said that extended gate hours were only one part of the equation, with trucks that move containers from terminal to warehouses and the capacity of these warehouses forming the other parts. The trucks were in short supply and the warehouses had little room for new incoming containers.