Student Research

California Port System’s Congestion and Delays

The purpose of this paper is to highlight what contributes to congestion and delays in ports with an emphasis on California port systems and its potential. California contains a few ports that are globally essential to trade, but these ports do not perform as efficiently as they can. California’s ports experience a huge amount of congestion and delays due to their inability to handle the volume of ships coming in and out of the ports each day. The purpose of this thesis will be to examine and identify what current global data of the transportation of cargo is and what plays a factor in these trends with a focus on whether California Ports are doing everything in their power to decrease congestion and delays that effect the entire countries ability to handle and process increases in cargo annually.

A capstone project submitted to the faculty of the California Maritime Academy in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Bachelor of Arts in Global Studies and Maritime Affairs.