According to data collected by Copenhagen-based research group SeaIntel Maritime on 200 ports across dozens of trade lanes across the globe:
a) Maersk Line remains the top container shipping line in terms of schedule reliability for the second year in a row. However, its performance decreased from 91 per cent in 2012 to 88 per cent in 2013.
b) On the whole, schedule reliability for container lines globally deteriorated last year, declining by 1.1 percentage point year on year to 79.5 per cent.
c) Staying in second and third place for a second consecutive year were Hamburg Sud and APL, which also both saw marginal decreases in their schedule reliability.
d) All main trade lanes have seen a decline in schedule reliability expect transpacific eastbound trade lane which has improved its performance with 0.7 percentage points from 2012 to 2013
e) The service gap between the best and worst performing carriers narrowed. In the first and second quarters of 2012, the difference was 29 and 22 percentage points respectively. That gap closed to between 12 and 15 percentage points for all the quarters of 2013.
f) The worst performers in 2013 were Mediterranean Shipping Co, Zim and CSAV, with performances of 74.4 per cent, 74.6 per cent and 76.5 per cent, respectively.
g) Shippers were worst served in the Asia to Mediterranean trade lane.
Increased co-operation among shipping lines, either through alliances or vessel-sharing agreements, slot purchases and swaps were the most probable reasons for the narrowing gap between the best and the worst performing carriers, according to SeaIntel chief operating officer and partner Alan Murphy.