SHIPPING data analyst Sea-Intelligence has reported an improvement in schedule reliability based on an analysis of 34 different trade lanes.

It said global schedule reliability is gradually increasing, the latest report recording a marginal month-on-month improvement for March 2022.

The reliability figure for March reached 35.9%, which is the highest figure recorded so far in 2022, however the figure is still slightly below the 2021 level.

“The average delay for late vessel arrivals decreased once again, this time by -0.32 days to 7.26 days in March 2022,” Sea-Intelligence CEO Alan Murphy said.

“Despite the improvement, the average delay figure has now been over seven days since August 2021 and continues to be the highest across each month when compared historically.”

With a recorded schedule reliability of 50.3%, Maersk was the only carrier with a score of above 50%, followed by Hamburg Süd with a reliability of 45.9%.

Sea-Intelligence recorded seven carriers with a schedule reliability of between 30% and 40%, namely PIL, CMA CGM, MSC, ZIM, COSCO, HMM and Evergreen.

“In March 2022, a lot of the carriers were very close to each other in terms of schedule reliability, with 10 carriers within 8 percentage points of each other,” Mr Murphy said.

According to the data, Wan Hai had the lowest schedule reliability in March, with a score of 22.6%.

At a year-on-year level, only three of the top 14 carriers recorded an improvement in schedule reliability that month, with the largest recorded improvement being 1.6%.