Carrier on-time and container delivery performance both improved in September, according to the latest figures from SeaIntel Maritime Analysis.
Liner schedule reliability improved from 77 percent in August to 83 percent last month, a performance more in line with July.
SeaIntel said the improvement “shows that the weather-related downturn has been overcome.”
Maersk Line and Hamburg Süd retained their status as the top two performers, with COSCO a newcomer in the No. 3 position, with an average global schedule reliability of 86 percent. SeaIntel noted that Mediterranean Shipping Co. (MSC) has continued to show steady improvements in global schedule reliability throughout 2012. In 2011 the carrier's performance was typically 16 to 19 percent below the global average, but is now only 6 percent off.
Meanwhile, actual container delivery improved to 66 percent in September based on data from SeaIntel partner INTTRA.
“This implies that in September, 53 percent of late containers were late due to vessels not arriving on time, whereas 47 percent were late due to other reasons,” SeaIntel said.
The schedule reliability measurements are based on SeaIntel’s database of 10,000 vessel arrivals monthly, and container deliveries are based on INTTRA's data covering 29 percent of all containers moved globally. - Eric Johnson