But not in Mobile, Alabam!
As Denson White of APM terminals at the Port of Mobile, Alabama, pointed out to me last week, the Port of Mobile is quite efficient, with no turns over 107 minutes in over a month.
I’ll do ya one better! Check out the SONAR Tree Map below.
The Port of Mobile is down 46.6% in wait time from just last week. Better call in your crawfish boil order, cause you won’t have that much time to kill.
Unfortunately, for most drayage drivers, not every terminal is as efficient as Mobile, Philly, Charleston, or New Orleans. In fact, even as the volume of TEUs decreases significantly, wait times are up at many ports and across the nation as a whole.
The SONAR chart above shows the change in year-over-year TEU volumes for several ports. Notice the drop in TEUs at the Port of Long Beach and the Port of Los Angeles, which together share the San Pedro Harbor.
One would think that given the spotlight burning a hole in everyone working in port operations over the last few years – combined with an 8.7% drop in volumes – would yield some improvements.
I refer you to the first SONAR chart – it is fairly obvious which ports have a negative wait time-to-TEU ratio.
Note: These are NOT turn times. These are geofenced observations. If you’re waiting to get in the gate? We count it.
The final SONAR chart for today ranks industries by wait times. Although not the worst, seaports are working hard to suck more…time.
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