July was the second time since the start of the pandemic that ocean freight vessel schedule reliability improved, Y/Y, with the average delay for late vessel arrivals also dropping sharply this year, Sea-Intelligence reports By Will Waters Global container shipping schedule reliability continues to trend upwards, increasing by 0.5 percentage points, month on month (M/M) in July 2022 to 40.5%, according to the latest Global Liner Performance (GLP) report from Sea-Intelligence. This is now the second time since the start of the pandemic that schedule reliability improved, year on year (Y/Y), Sea-Intelligence CEO Alan Murphy highlights, noting that the average delay for late vessel arrivals “have been dropping sharply so far this year, tapering off a little in the past few months. In July 2022, average delay improved by -0.09 days M/M, which means that the delay figure is now firmly below the 7-day mark, and an improvement over the respective 2021 figure.” With schedule reliability of 48.0%, Maersk was the most reliable carrier in July 2022, followed by Evergreen with 44.3%, according to issue 132 of the GLP report. CMA CGM also recorded schedule reliability of over 40%. There were 9 carriers with schedule reliability of 30%-40% and only two with schedule reliability of 20%-30%, the report notes. “In July 2022, once again a lot of the carriers were very close to each other in terms of schedule reliability, with 10 carriers within 10 percentage points of each other,” Murphy noted. ZIM had the lowest schedule reliability in July 2022 of 26.6%. On a Y/Y level, 11 of the top-14 carriers recorded an improvement in schedule reliability in July 2022, with 7 carriers recording double-digit improvements, the report pointed out. Sea-Intelligence’s Global Liner Performance report covers schedule reliability across 34 different trade lanes and 60+ carriers.