Container ships anchored off Manchester

IMGP2258The in basket: Chuck Hower of Harper, who for whimsical reasons goes by Goolsbee Snitworthy when he contacts me, asked me about three huge container ships lying off-shore near Manchester in South Kitsap, guessing the reason is “perhaps problems with the scheduling at the Port of Seattle?”

The out basket: An on-duty employee at the Puget Sound Vessel Traffic Service, said the service is making use of the infrequently used reserve anchorage area because of what is alleged to be a slowdown by longshoremen engaged in protracted labor negotiations with the Pacific Maritime Association.

The normal anchorage areas are full, he said.

The American Journal of Transportation quotes a longshoremen’s union spokesman as saying “allegations by the PMA that the union is engaged in a work slow down at West Coast ports is, in fact, the result of “frustration by workers with the long-standing contract and congestion problems.”

One of the three ships appears to have departed Friday afternoon

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