Nearly 24 cargo ships and tankers stranded nautical miles off the south coast of Long Island, New York, due to increased demand for consumer goods and understaffed ports .
Ships are waiting to dock off the coast that stretches from Long Beach in the west to Lido Beach and Jones Beach Island in the east, the Daily Mail reported.
The ships would have been stranded in place for at least Saturday evening, he added.
The main cause is thought to be pandemic-induced shopping sprees before the holiday season, coupled with a national labor shortage.
The Port of New York and New Jersey, which serves major global shipping carriers and global alliances, appears to be in the same congestion caused by soaring imports.
The ships are also waiting to dock at two of the country’s largest ports on the west coast. More than 60 container ships were stranded at anchor or in drift areas off the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, according to Insider.
“We are in the midst of an historic increase in freight, and our terminal operators and other supply chain partners are doing everything to keep things going,” said Port of Long Beach Executive Director Mario Cordero in a statement.
West Coast ports have seen traffic since August, when a record 44 container ships were stranded off the coast due to similar disruptions.
It comes as the country’s economy has been hit by a supply chain crisis exacerbated by a shortage of truck drivers.
Meanwhile, retailers are forced to use creative ways to overcome shortages and price increases.
John Catsimatidis, the owner of the Gristedes grocery chain, says his stores have experienced shortages of Coca-Cola products.
“We have shortages in our New York stores because Coca-Cola cannot deliver truck drivers to New York,” he told Fox Business. “And this is a serious problem.”
According to Costco CFO Richard Galanti, transportation issues this year are causing delays in deliveries to stores despite large stocks from suppliers.
“A year ago there was a shortage of goods,” Galanti said. “Now they have a lot of cargo, but there are two or three week delays in getting them delivered because there is a limit to the short term changes in trucking and supplier delivery needs, so it really is. all over. “