Reliability improves on Asia routes in peak season, says SeaIntel
Oct.14 -- September on-time reliability was much improved from early summer with global reliability by ocean carriers up month on month to 66 per cent, said maritime analyst SeaIntel.

Overall the trade lanes most improved were between Asia and Mediterranean head-haul, Europe to Asia and transpacific westbound back-haul with seven of 17 trade lanes increasing reliability.

Danish carrier Maersk outperformed all carriers at an 82 per cent on-time record, slightly down from Hamburg Sud at 81 per cent, a drop from 85 per cent, and MOL at 68 per cent from August's 68 per cent, reported London's Containerisation International.

Maersk continued to take the top spot in eastbound transpacific trade lane with APL second and CMA CGM third at over 80 per cent on-time records. Evergreen, Yang Ming and "K" Line were marked at less than 40 per cent, a day later than advertised to shippers. On the Asia/Europe routes Maersk Line (1), "K" Line (2) and Yang Ming (3) were best performers while MSC, CSCL and Evergreen were the least reliable.

October and November on transpacific routes are expected to represent a shift into winter season mode with withdrawal of services and increase in idle ships.

The total number of vessels laid up increased from August's 130 to 156 creating a grand total of 335,000 TEU idle, four times as many as three months earlier when it came in at 75,000 TEU, according to Paris-based newsletter Alphaliner.

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