Chronicling West Coast Ports in Unprecedented Times

April 15, 2022

West Coast ports – and indeed all aspects of the global supply chain – experienced tremendous pandemic-related challenges during 2021. Historic cargo levels stretched all links of the supply chain, driving a record number of anchored vessels in San Pedro Bay, the nation’s largest port complex.

Longtime SCG client the Pacific Maritime Association – which represents the world’s leading shipping lines and terminal operators operating at West Coast ports – has played a key role in working toward solutions. We helped tell that story in the latest annual report, which chronicles industry trends and highlights from ports in Southern California, Northern California, and the Pacific Northwest. To reflect the unprecedented moment, an aerial photo of the backlogs was selected as the report’s cover photo.   

Given that West Coast ports support millions of American jobs and billions of dollars in economic activity, this report highlighted the efforts of PMA, its member companies, and the ILWU workforce to move the goods that fuel the nation. SCG interviewed PMA senior staffers, worked with member companies to secure stunning imagery from the year, and drafted stories for the annual report that documents vital work in uncertain times.

From expanding and training its skilled workforce, to participating in a White House task force convened to address supply chain challenges, to commissioning its own research on the topic, PMA truly moved the needle in 2021 for all who depend on efficient cargo movement. Read more here!