Tough times for shippers on east-west trade lanes
According to the Danish analyst SeaIntel the global schedule reliability decreased again in February, to a new all-time low performance of 68.4%, down from 69.5% in January 2014.
SeaIntel’s global liner performance report for March 2014 names Hamburg Süd (Germany), with a performance of 84% as the most reliable carrier in February seen from a global perspective. Maersk Line and CSAV were ranked as the second and third most reliable carriers, with performances of 79.5% and 75.8%, respectively.
At the other end of the scale, SeaIntel noted that Zim, MSC and NYK achieved the lowest performance among the Top 20 carriers. On the Asia to North Europe trade lane both vessel arrivals in port and the delivery of the container to the shipper are not on time more than half of the time, as schedule reliability and container delivery reached all-time record lows of 49.9% and 44.6%, respectively.
This means shippers are faring worse on the head hauls on three main east-west trade lanes than on the Asia-Africa and Africa-Asia trade lanes, which recorded the worst performances.