Global schedule reliability in February continued the decline seen the month before after a decrease of 2.6% to a global average on-time performance score of 76.6%, according to SeaIntel’s latest Global Liner Performance Report. Schedule reliability in February was based on 11,620 vessel arrivals recorded throughout the month.
“…we have seen a seasonal decrease around this time of the year when bad weather conditions hit operational stability, while blank sailings have possibly been a driver of lower schedule reliability on trade lanes out of Asia, as carriers may have added extra calls along the service route on the previous and following sailings of the blanked week, leading to delays in the other port calls,” said Eligio Fanigliulo, shipping analyst at SeaIntel.
The February decline in global schedule reliability is reflected in the performance decreases of nearly all top 20 carriers, with the exception of ZIM, which was the only carrier to improve by 0.2%. Wan Hai maintained the top position with 82.9% on-time performance, followed by Hamburg Süd, ZIM and MSC at 82.3%, 81.9% and 79.3%, respectively. At the other end of the scale, CSCL, COSCO and Yang Ming had on-time performances of 70.9%, 73% and 73.8%, respectively.
CSCL, COSCO, UASC and Hanjin recorded the largest deterioration of schedule reliability in February across the Top 20 carriers, declining by 8.5, 7.2, 6.8 and 6.2 percentage points from January.
But it was not all bad news: Mr Fanigliulo said: “On a year-on-year level, the majority of carriers have actually improved their performances, with the exception of Maersk Line and Hamburg Süd which performed 3.9 and 2.2 percentage points lower compared to February 2015.”
And while global schedule reliability declined, the average delay for late vessel arrivals showed an improvement to 3.04 days in February from 3.21 days in January, more than two days lower compared to the average delay of 5.33 days as seen in the same period of last year, which was heavily affected by the congestion in the US West Coast ports.