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Container Reliability Hits New Record Low

Posted on: February 9th, 2022

In its latest Global Liner Performance report, Sea Intelligence says that up to December 2021, container shipping line schedule reliability dropped again, this time by -1.2 percentage points on a month-to-month basis to 32.0%; the lowest ever global schedule reliability since the maritime analysis company started the measurement in 2011.

On a year-to-year basis, schedule reliability was 12.5 percentage points lower, reports Sea-Intelligence. Despite the low schedule reliability in 2021, there has not been much fluctuation, with the global scores hovering between 32%-40% for the most part. The average delay for late vessel arrivals increased to 7.33 days, the fifth consecutive month with the delay figure above 7 days.

Among the world’s 14 largest container lines, Maersk had the highest reliability, with 46.2%. Maersk-owned Hamburg Süd came in second with 41%. MSC is third, followed by Hapag-Lloyd.

Five carriers had schedule reliability of under 20%, with Evergreen recording the lowest December 2021 schedule reliability figure of 14.3%. Asian container lines usually have low reliability rates as a large part of their business take place on the route to the USA via the Pacific Ocean which is the most strained route of all.

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