"Global schedule reliability seems to continue to follow the trend seen in 2021, with schedule reliability fluctuating within a small range but at a slightly lower base," said Alan Murphy, CEO of maritime data analysis company Sea-Intelligence.
According to Sea-Intelligence's latest report, schedule reliability improved by 2.1 percentage points (month to month) in May 2022, reaching 36.4%. However, this is still lower on an annual basis by 2.3 percentage points.
"This means that the 2022 score has been slightly below the 2021 level in each of the first five months," explained Murphy.
Additionally, the average delay for late vessel arrivals was reduced once again, this time by 0.37 days to 6.17 days in May 2022. The delay figure is now firmly below the seven-day mark, but it is still the highest in each month when compared historically, although with the margin decreasing sharply, according to the Danish analysts.
"With schedule reliability of 50.3%, Maersk was the most reliable carrier in May 2022, followed by Hamburg Süd with 43.7%," noted Sea-Intelligence in its report, adding that "there were six carriers with schedule reliability of 30%-40% and six with schedule reliability of 20%-30%."
In May 2022, once again, many of the carriers were very close to each other in terms of schedule reliability, with 11 carriers 7 percentage points apart.
Wan Hai had the lowest schedule reliability in May 2022, with 22.1%. On a yearly basis, only four of the top 14 companies improved their schedule reliability in May 2022, with Maersk receiving the largest improvement of 4.4 percentage points.