reliability ends 2014 with a decline
After three months of continuing
improvements in schedule reliability, the year 2014 ended with a decline,
according to SeaIntel’s latest industry-leading Global Liner Performance
report. On-time performance decreased to 71.7 per cent (based on 11,202 vessel
arrivals) in December, from 75.6 per cent in November. Data from INTTRA shows
that container delivery declined as well in the same period to 58.2 per cent,
based on more than 3 million container movements.
The decline in schedule reliability
in December followed the seasonal pattern and was driven by a general decline in
the majority of the world’s large trade lanes. Notably, declines in the
Asia-North Europe, Transpacific EB and Transatlantic EB and WB trade lanes drove
the global score down.
For the 10th consecutive month,
Maersk Line was the most reliable carrier in December with a global score of
85.1 per cent, based on vessel arrivals in more than 270 ports. Hamburg Süd and
CSAV took the second and third spot with a score of 81.4 per cent and 79.3 per
cent, respectively. In December, all Top 20 carriers recorded a decline in
global schedule reliability, according to SeaIntel.
"Shippers should not expect to
see any considerable improvement in schedule reliability in January or February
with the 2M and Ocean Three carriers launching their new service networks. Even
a well-planned implementation of a new network is bound to meet some unexpected
challenges, likely resulting in a negative impact on schedule reliability, said
Mr Morten Berg Thomsen, shipping analyst at SeaIntel.
He added: "SeaIntel will follow
the major four alliances’ on-time performance closely in the main East-West
trades going forward as the development in the reliability of individual
alliances is of great importance for the shippers’ supply-chains. Shippers
should have access to solid data on alliance level, so they can make a
well-informed and accurate decision, before they commit volumes to an alliance
Reliability in the Transpacific EB
trade (1,194 vessel arrivals) decreased for the fifth consecutive month to 49.7
per cent, while container delivery decreased to 37.4 per cent. Both scores
represent a new record-low performance in the trade lane. In the Asia-North
Europe trade lane (740 vessel arrivals), on-time performance dropped to 78.9 per
cent, whereas the Asia-Mediterranean trade (704 vessel arrivals) improved by 3.6
points to 80.4 per cent, SeaIntel said.
News Service: COPENHAGEN, Jan. 29