Container lines’ schedule reliability drops at the beginning of 2023

Algeciras Cadiz, Spain – August 18, 2021: Algeciras, Cadiz, Spain: 18 August 2021: A Maersk Line freighter is docked on harbor, waiting to load containers

Sea-Intelligence has reported that while schedule reliability continued to increase for the majority of 2022, there has been a month-to-month 3.8 per cent decline in January 2023, reaching to 52.6 per cent.

All top 14 carriers recorded a month-to-month decline in schedule reliability in January 2023, with Hapag-Lloyd recording the smallest decline of a marginal 0.4 per cent.

ZIM was the least reliable carrier in January 2023 with schedule reliability of 41 per cent.

Wan Hai was the only carrier with a double digit decline of 15.4 per cent.

Despite this decrease, schedule reliability in January 2023 was considerably higher than in the previous two years, with a year-on-year increase of 22.2 per cent from 2022.

In January 2023, all carriers except for Hamburg Süd recorded double-digit year-on-year improvements in schedule reliability.

The average delay for late vessel arrivals continued to improve as it did in 2022, with the latest figure at 5.26 days, a month-to-month decline of 0.24 days.

READ: Schedule reliability climbs in August, Maersk still leading

In January 2023, Maersk was the most reliable out of all top 14 carriers with a carrier score of 58.3 per cent, followed by MSC with 57.7 per cent.

There were three more carriers with schedule reliability of over 50 per cent, including CMA CGM, Hapag-Lloyd and Hamburg Süd.

The remaining carriers all recorded schedule reliability of between 40 per cent and 50 per cent.

READ: Box schedule reliability boosted by quarter in 2022

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