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Friday, March 6, 2020

The Empty Dock Video, Containers, Volume Of Shipments.. My Reaction?..."Holy Shit"

 Last night's surfing had me looking at statistics on shipping. The truck driver video (posted below had tweaked my curiosity).  Using some different google-fu searchs and limited time I came up with some interesting data.  

Here are a couple screen shots and links for you to peruse if you're interested.

From "The Port Of Los Angeles Facts and Figures" <<

 Now doing some quick maff... unlike our OVERLORDS<<  go here for stupidity 

I get 9.3 million divided by 82 cranes  = 113,000 containers.

 24/7/365 is 8760 hours.  Each crane unloads 13 containers per hour every hour a year.

Holy shit.


Here is a link to PORT PERFORMANCE <<< 

Check out some of these numbers:

I had to look up TEU

The twenty-foot equivalent unit (often TEU or teu) is an inexact unit of cargo capacity often used to describe the capacity of container ships and container terminals.[1] It is based on the volume of a 20-foot-long (6.1 m) intermodal container, a standard-sized metal box which can be easily transferred between different modes of transportation, such as ships, trains and trucks.[1]


  1. I don't suppose you were able to find any breakdowns of tonnage by month at the various ports shown? It would be interesting and perhaps frightening to see the breakdown by month for Dec. Jan. & Feb.


    1. I spent 20 years in the intermodal business on the railroad side. RR shipments have a "peak" season which occurs in Sept - Oct to cover the Christmas season. Nov and Dec are notably slower and sometime early in the new year, many companies stock up for the 2 weeks of Chinese New Year when almost nothing is built or shipped. Mar - Apr things start to pick back up and build until "peak". My guess is we will see the real effects of the extended Chinese New Year shutdown and beer flu hit in March going forward.

  2. My brother unloads cargo ships east coast. told me any port receiving Asian ships is taking a hit.

  3. I'm surprised that the Wando River port in Charleston, S.C. didn't make the list of the top 25....

  4. Almost all containers going back to China are empty. They try their best to avoid anything American.

  5. Hmmmm.....The data shows "9.3 million 20-ft TEUs." If most of the containers are 40 footers the total number of containers could be substantially less than 9.3 million.

    13 containers/hour = 4 min 36 seconds per drop-and-retrieve-drop again cycle; seems reasonable, but maybe a little fast, given crane operator lunch hours, bathroom breaks, shift changes, etc. And, the same quantity of goods could be moved with 6.5 transfers/hour if they're 40-footers.

    In any case, it's a huge quantity of goods going through the port daily.


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