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FLorida encourages ships to abandon saved ports on the west coast and move towards him.
While dozens of ships remain moored off the coast of Los Angeles awaiting unloading in a historic supply chain, Florida ports are buzzing with little to no delays and stand by if shipping companies decide to. re-route freighters to the east coast.
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, seen as a possible candidate for the 2024 Republican presidential ticket, recently urged ships to reroute and unload their shipments in Florida, which has multiple ports. DeSantis warned that supply chain issues could worsen as the holiday season approaches.
âWe are here. We have the capacity,â DeSantis said visiting Jacksonville Port Authority, also known as JAXPORT.
“We have to make sure that people can do their Christmas shopping as usual. We have to make sure that everything needed is there,” he added. “And if it’s because the ships are sitting off the coast somewhere else, and they can be rerouted here, and we can stock all of these shelves, then we want to be part of that solution.”
A spokesperson for JAXPORT told the Washington Examiner whether the facility accommodates diverted ships or new cargo ships, whether temporary or permanent.
She also said that unlike the Port of Los Angeles and the Port of Long Beach, which account for around 40% of U.S. imports, the Port of Jacksonville has not had any container ships backed up at any time during the pandemic. MarineTraffic, a website that maps cargo ships, showed no delays outside the port on Friday afternoon.
Port Everglades, Port Tampa Bay and Port Panama City also have the ability to bring in additional ships and offload cargo, DeSantis said.
Mark Derks, marketing director for Florida-based BlueGrace Logistics, said it is logistically possible and could be economically viable to re-route ships from California to Florida.
“We expect an increase in volume,” Derks told the Washington Examiner, adding that his company expects more ships not only in Florida, but also in all other ports east of California.
He said places such as the Port of Tampa and JAXPORT will play a vital role, “but it will all depend on the type of vessel entering those places and whether the operations and the size of the port can support some of those vessels that could come that way. “
Derks cited large ports, such as the Port of Houston and the Port of Savannah, as being able to handle larger ships.
A spokeswoman for the Port of Houston told the Washington Examiner that the port is not yet experiencing an influx of new ships. The Georgia Ports Authority did not respond to a request for comment that the Port of Savannah was seeing more traffic than usual, although MarineTraffic showed several cargo ships anchored outside on Friday.
Derks said that while Florida’s ports aren’t congested at the moment, if a flood of new cargo begins to re-route to the Sunshine State and the volume becomes overwhelming, they could end up in backlog.
Brian Marks, executive director of the University of New Haven’s Entrepreneurship and Innovation Program, said that under certain circumstances it may be economically feasible for shipping companies to re-route their ships to other locations due to the high cost of delays – although this does entail logistical hurdles.
For example, if a ship is rerouted from the Port of LA to the Port of Miami, the entire supply chain will also need to be reconfigured, including the trucks to ship the goods to their final location after docking in Florida.
âTo deliver elsewhere, you always have to unload it, put it on a truck, take it to a warehouse and distribute it,â Marks said. âIt is therefore essential to have an information system that gives you visibility into the transits of these different modes of transport involved in maritime transport. “
In addition to rerouting ships, some recipients of overseas-made goods are also reassessing their ability to ship by air freight, Marks said. This increased demand has caused air freight rates to skyrocket record levels.
Another consideration is energy costs, which have been high in recent months and have raised fears of price spikes as winter approaches. To move from the port of LA to Florida requires a ship heading south through the Panama Canal, a journey of thousands of miles.
Still, the DeSantis office believes the trip would still be worth it. Christina Pushaw, the governor’s press secretary, told the Washington Examiner that ships stranded in California could wait up to five weeks to dock and unload their cargo, when it is only a seven-day journey between the pending ports of Southern California and the coasts of Florida.
She also pointed out in an email that Port Everglades, located on Florida’s east coast, was expecting a “massive” shipment from India this weekend. JAXPORT too announcement This month, international shipping giant Hapag-Lloyd temporarily rerouted a Europe-U.S. container service through its facilities.
âIn this time of unprecedented port disruption, Jacksonville’s efficiency on both the city and water sides continues to set us apart in the industry,â said Eric Green, CEO of JAXPORT.
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