From sharing 120-square-foot cabins to partying at the crew bar, here's an inside look at what living at sea is like, per a longtime employee.
In the video, second mate Bryan Boyle provides insight into the everyday life of container ship crew as they spend holidays and months on end at sea.
Backlogs at the nation's largest ports have shifted about 300 miles off the coast — pushing the vessels out of sight.
Over 59% of the containers that left the nation's 9 largest ports were empty, MarketWatch reports.
While many retailers have waited for months-on-end with goods trapped at sea, Amazon has been able to bring goods into ports in a matter of days.
One buyer compared it to "Storage Wars," telling Bloomberg he'd unearthed anything from electric scooters to breast implants and pumpkin seeds.
"Half of my shift is just trying to make sense of all the containers," a clerk at the Port of Los Angeles told Insider.
Canada's largest port has been struggling to process cargo in recent weeks as British Columbia is ravaged by floods.
"This popup operation has dramatically improved our flow of containers," Walmart's VP of Supply Chain Operations wrote on LinkedIn.
"You have people working underneath you on the dock that are dependent on you to operate it safely," a former crane operator told Insider.
The CMA CGM Marco Polo can carry 16,022 twenty-foot-long containers and smashed records during its first trip to the US East Coast.
Shipping companies have warned that the extra costs which will top $100 million per day a week past the grace period will be passed on to customers.
"Terminals are not designed to be a long-term storage facility for cargo," said a Pacific Merchant Shipping Association manager.
"California's own burdensome laws and regulations that restrict goods from moving to consumers, have contributed to this crisis," the Republicans said.
Aerial footage of the backlogs shows the "fine orchestra" that helps move over 40% of US imports as over 100 ships flood the ports.
"It's about dropping the hook as soon as possible so you can get in the rotation to wait for about another two weeks, maybe more," Bryan Boyle said.
The US is facing a crushing shortage of truckers and warehouse workers, as the supply chain handles more products than ever before with less workers.