While 44 container ships can be seen idling off the coast of Los Angeles-Long Beach today, the ports are preparing for a record 20 million TEU year. In the first seven months of 2021, the ports handled a combined total of 11.9 million laden and empty TEU, according to the ports’ respective websites. That is 34.7 percent higher than the January through July period last year. Los Angeles handled 11 extra-loaders in August and 11 more are scheduled so far for September, a port spokesperson said. Long Beach handled 13 extra-loaders in August, with five announced so far for September. The average wait time for ships to enter the port now sits at 7.6 days, according to Port of Los Angeles data, up from 6.2 earlier in the month.