The much commented upon deterioration in the reliability of container ship schedules in recent months was confirmed by Taiwan-based Evergreen late last week when it reported that for Q3 it managed to get just 13.2% of its ships into port on time.
Schedule reliability data from Copenhagen-based Sea-Intelligence had already revealed that global carriers had recorded their worst-ever performance during the third quarter of 2021, but the performance of Evergreen, the seventh-largest liner, was termed an “insanely low” level of reliability.
Global liner schedule reliability industrywide fell to 34.3%, the lowest percentage since Sea-Intelligence started tracking these numbers.
Maersk was the most reliable carrier in Q3, achieving a reliability rate of 45.6%. It was the only carrier to have a recorded schedule reliability of above 40%.
The average delay for late vessel arrivals reached 7.32 days in Q3. This was having an inevitable knock-on effect on supply chain planners, creating a vicious cycle of supply chain disruption.
Sea-Intelligence said in its latest weekly report that there was a risk that the situation might get worse as 2022 approached. “Carriers have ramped up capacity in 2021-Q4, with planned capacity levels on some major trades even higher than in Q3.”
The carriers have noted that the cause of their lack of reliability can be found on shore. Hundreds of ships were having to wait at anchor because of higher levels of traffic and lower levels of efficiency at the ports, and inland carrier routes.