Container lines are improving their vessels on-time arrival rates at ports, according to the latest measure of container service reliability by Drewry’s Schedule Reliability Insight.
The Drewry report showed a steady improvement, with the percentage of ships arriving on schedule at selected ports rising to 56 percent in the second quarter of 2011, up from 51 percent in the first quarter. The overall figure for second quarter 2011 also compares well with the on-time reliability score of 52 percent in the same period of 2010.
Maersk Line CEO Eivind Kolding in June called for a revolution in part to remedy the poor performance of container lines, saying, “What if we could guarantee that cargo would be on time, every time?
Despite the continued drop in freight rates, Drewry said shippers are getting better service in East-West trade lanes with reliability rising most in lanes between Asia, Europe and the Mediterranean. In those lanes, the percentage of on-time arrivals increased by 13 percentage points against the previous period to 62 percent in second quarter 2011.
Maersk Line regained its position as the most reliable of the top 20 carriers across all the trades covered by Drewry. The Danish line was closely followed by APL and CSAV.
For the first time, Schedule Reliability Insight contains rankings of carriers within the three major East-West trades. Maersk Line took the top spot on the Asia-Europe-Mediterranean trade, while APL and Hamburg Sud came out on top in the trans-Pacific and trans-Atlantic, respectively.