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Congestion Impacts Ocean-Carrier Reliability

(Linton Nightingale – Lloyd’s Loading List)

Schedule reliability among the world’s shipping lines fell for the first time since February in July, as congestion in northern Europe and on the U.S. west coast took its toll on global performance.

According to the latest Global Liner Performance report, published by shipping consultant SeaIntel, vessel schedule reliability fell almost four percentage points from 75.6% in June to 71.6%. July’s schedule reliability is based on a record number of vessel calls, with as many as 10,966 arrivals recorded.

In terms of individual carriers, Maersk Line, Hamburg Süd and Hanjin were again the three most reliable among the top 20 carriers in July, as in June, posting performance levels of 85.2%, 79.3% and 75.4%, respectively. The report also shows that Hyundai Merchant Marine, MOL, NYK, all operating under the G6 Alliance, ranked in the bottom three of the world’s top 20 shipping lines. Read more here.