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Container line schedule reliability improves in second half 2022

Photo: MSC MSC Isabella in port
MSC Mia sistership MSC Isabella
Global container line schedule reliability saw considerable improvement in the second half of 2022 as supply chain congestion started to ease.

Analysts Sea-Intelligence reported that container line reliability reached 56.6% in November last year as a marked in improvement was seen in the second half of 2022. The report covers over 60 carriers on 34 different trades worldwide.

The numbers were a major contrast to January 2022 when schedule reliability languished at just 30.9% and none of the top 14 containers achieved a reliability of 50%.

Schedule reliability languished in the mid-30’s percentage range for much of the first half of 2022 improving to around 40% by mid-year and has seen significant improvement from September onwards.

The 56.6% schedule reliability for November 2022 marked a 4.7 percentage points improvement over the previous month. The line with highest schedule reliability was MSC 63.4% in November, followed by Maersk with 61.7%.

The next eight carriers recorded schedule reliability of 50%-60%, while four lines recorded schedule reliability of 40%-50%.

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The lowest level of schedule reliability was reported by Yang Ming at 42.5% in November 2022.

Average delays in late vessel arrivals also improved in November 2022 dropping 0.58 days month-on-month to 5.04 days.

“Both schedule reliability and average delay are now better than the 2020 level as well,” Alan Murphy, CEO of Sea-Intelligence, commented.