After doing some quick calculations I postulated that if each container was mounted on a 18-wheeler truck and presuming that each truck would take up 50-yards-each worth of space on a 5-lane freeway; (34-yards for the length of the truck and 16-yards for the distance between each vehicle), the traffic jam would be 68-miles long.
From the Long Beach Press Telegram:
Executive Director Christopher Lytle, adding that his port will start seeing more mega ships call to Long Beach on a regular basis in the coming months as the busier season approaches. "It's not just that they're bigger ships; the fact of the matter is these vessels are much more efficient on a per-container basis," Lytle said. The benefits, Lytle said, include fuel efficiency, and they are cleaner burning and have less harmful pollutants or air emissions.
The average carrier can hold a staggering 8,000 containers but this mega-carrier use less energy; (so I am told), than one-and a half carriers doing the same workload. As much as 20% so the environmental impact is well reduced.
I am thrilled that Long Beach is still currently a hub for international shipping despite Republican measures to build a "NAFTA superhighway" through the middle of the United States. Yes, Republicans are backing a "super-highway" paid with private industry funds that would begin at the Port of Lazaro Cardenas located in Mexico and move up through to Texas and cutting all the way through the country into Canada thereby bypassing American west coast ports.
However, Los Angeles is fighting back spending $2-million a day to make the port faster, better, and easier. These mega-carriers could cut traffic by 33% thereby making Long Beach a destination far more attractive than the Port of Lazaro Cardenas thereby saving American jobs.