Schedule reliability remains in doldrums as Maersk shows improvement

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Global schedule reliability seems to continue to follow the historically low depths of 2021 levels according to the latest analysis from Sea-Intelligence.

Alan Murphy, CEO of Sea-Intelligence, wrote in the firm’s latest report that in May 2022, schedule reliability of the world’s biggest carriers improved on April’s figures by 2.1 percentage points to 36.4 per cent.

Reliability was down 2.3 percentage points compared to May 2021, however.

The average delay for late vessel arrivals decreased once again, this time by –0.37 days to 6.17 days in May 2022.

With schedule reliability of 50.3 per cent, Maersk was the most reliable carrier in May 2022, followed by Hamburg Süd with 43.7 per cent.

There were 6 carriers with schedule reliability of 30 per cent to 40 per cent and 6 with schedule reliability of 20 to 30 per cent.

“In May 2022, once again, a lot of the carriers were very close to each other in terms of schedule reliability,” Murphy wrote, with 11 carriers within 7 percentage points of each other.

Wan Hai had the lowest schedule reliability in May 2022 of 22.1 per cent.

On a year-on-year level, only four of the top-14 carriers recorded an improvement in schedule reliability in May 2022.

Maersk has shown the largest improvement, with a reliability increase of 4.4 percentage points.

Throughout 2021 and 2022, supply chains have been bottlenecked by a swathe of factors including COVID-19 restrictions and more recently strikes in Northern Europe, leading to delays in shipping schedules.

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