Container shipping liners’ schedule reliability hits new low

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Global liner shipping companies' schedules reliability reached a new low at the end of last year, according to market researcher Sea-Intelligence, who analysed the performance of 14 carriers in December. The results show the schedule reliability of 32.0% was 1.2% lower in December 2021 than the previous month; 12.5% lower than in 2020, and the lowest since measurements began in 2011.

Container shipping liners’ schedule reliability hits new low
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The data was published in issue 125 of Sea-Intelligence’s Global Liner Performance (GLP) report, with schedule reliability figures up to and including December 2021.

According to the figures, schedule reliability dropped again, this time by 1.2 percentage points month-on-month to 32.0%; the lowest ever global schedule reliability since Sea-Intelligence started the measurement in 2011.

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On a year-on-year level, schedule reliability was 12.5% points lower.

Despite the low schedule reliability in 2021, there hasn’t been much fluctuation, with the global scores hovering between 32%-40% for the most part.

The average delay for late vessel arrivals increased to 7.33 days; the fifth consecutive month with the delay figure above 7 days.

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Maersk was once again the most reliable top-14 carrier in December 2021, with schedule reliability of 46.2%, followed by Hamburg Süd with 41.4%.

Only MSC had schedule reliability between 30%-40%, with six carriers recording schedule reliability of 20%-30%.

The remaining five carriers had schedule reliability of under 20%, with Evergreen recording the lowest December 2021 schedule reliability figure of 14.3%.

Nine carriers recorded a month-on-month improvement in schedule reliability, while no carrier recorded a year-on-year improvement in schedule reliability, with all but four carriers recording double-digit year-on-year declines.

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