The shipping crisis continues to roll on around the globe, and California's ports are particularly feeling the crunch. Container ships are sitting offshore for weeks at a time waiting for a spot to unload.
One twitter thread from last week detailed Ryan Peterson, CEO of Flexport, taking a ride around the port of Long Beach with one of their shipping partners. The thread outlined what he believes is the root of the problem - a lack of space to shuffle containers around so empty ones can be removed from road chassis to make room to ship new ones out.
Well, it appears his thread and requests to talk to local government were somewhat successful, as the city of Long Beach relaxed the container-stacking zoning rules shortly afterwards from 2 to 5 high, giving the ports and yards a bit more space to work with in order to get containers shuffled around. It's not going to be the thing that totally fixes the problem, but it's a start.
Volcanoes are tremendously destructive, but they can also be very constructive - volcano island chains are constantly making new land by just pouring lava into the sea and cooling it off. In this case, it seems that with that new land came some rather unexpected extras.
See, as a new volcanic islet appeared from the ocean in the Japanese Ogasawara island chain, the tectonic activity raised the neighbouring island of Iwojima, exposing a whole set of sunken World War 2 ships that were previously mostly hidden under the ocean, apparently part of a port the US was trying to build at that time.
The new islet may not be up for very long - apparently they quite often sink under the waves again - so we'll see how that affects the neighbouring island or not. For now, though, these ships are exposed once again after almost a century under the waves.
In the red sea floats the lonely oil tanker FSO Safer, abandoned in 2017 - just chock full of oil and deteriorating by the day, a time bomb that will at some point leak and flood the Red Sea with one of the largest oil slicks seen in modern times.
Not only will it cut off access to the ports of Yemen, it will also clog up the desalination plants in the region, threaten food supplies, and may badly impact the Red Sea coral reefs, which are some of the few in the world that seem to be tolerant of warming waters (and so are pretty important given climate change).
The UN wants to go in and inspect the ship, but there's problems getting agreement between the UN-recognised government of Yemen and the local Houthi rebels, who would quite like the UN to fix the ship rather than just taking a look. Hopefully they come to an agreement soon.