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Global schedule reliability improves in Sept. despite heavy congestion

Despite continuing congestion issues in North America, North Europe and Asia, global schedule reliability increased in September 2014, according to SeaIntel’s latest Global Liner Performance report covering vessel arrivals for the month. The schedule reliability improved from 71 per cent in August to 73.1 per cent in September. Data from INTTRA shows that global container delivery increased from 55 per cent to 58.8 per cent.

The global schedule reliability in September is based on 11,009 vessel arrivals, while global container delivery is based on nearly 3.3 million containers.

SeaIntel’s global ranking for September shows that Maersk Line, Hamburg Süd and CSAV remain the most reliable Top 20 carriers, recording a global performance of 84.5 per cent, 80.8 per cent and 77.4 per cent, respectively. The improvement in schedule reliability is clearly visible across carriers, as all Top 20 carriers have recorded an increase in their global performance from August to September. Evergreen Line, COSCO and MOL witnessed the largest increases during the period, with performance improving by 5, 4.5 and 4.2 percentage points, respectively.

From the trade lane perspective, the Transpacific EB trade lane was the only one of the major East-West trade lanes to show lower schedule reliability from August to September, by 5.4 percentage points to 61.3 per cent. The Asia-North Europe and Asia-Mediterranean trade lanes saw improved schedule reliability performance for the first time since April. This was also the case for container delivery in the Asia-North Europe trade lane.

In the Transatlantic EB trade lane, schedule reliability increased for the seventh consecutive month, which means that the performance improved by 26 percentage points over the seven month period. In the Transatlantic WB trade lane, container delivery year-on-year decreased by 19 percentage points. This significant fall is partly linked to the rail congestion issues in New York and Norfolk.

Outside the main East-West trade lanes, SeaIntel noted that the South America to North America trade lane reached an all-time record high schedule reliability of 89.9 per cent. It also found that the congestion issues in the Los Angeles and Long Beach port complex impacted schedule reliability in the North America-Oceania trade lane.

CEO and Partner in SeaIntel, Mr Alan Murphy, says: "In August and September, schedule reliability has declined by 16.5 percentage points in the Oceania-North America trade lane, which is linked to the congestion issues we have seen in the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach. The significant decline in the performance is happening despite some carriers sailing at full speed in the south-bound leg to make up for the delays in departure".

Source : Exim News Service - London, Nov. 4

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