Vessel schedule reliability to US West Coast hits two-year high: Sea-Intelligence
Vessel schedule reliability from Asia to the US West Coast rose marginally in May, but nonetheless hit a two-year high, Sea-Intelligence Maritime Analysis said Thursday.
On-time performance of 52.6% last month was up 2.4 percentage points from April, while East Coast reliability slipped 3.3 percentage points to 42.9%, Sea-Intelligence said in its latest Global Liner Performance report.
The Asia-West Coast schedule reliability was higher by a “massive 30.6 percentage points compared to the 22% recorded at the same time last year,” Sea-Intelligence said. While East Coast reliability fell month on month, it was still significantly higher than the 20.2% recorded in May 2022, it said.
On-time performance in the eastbound trans-Pacific continued to lag global schedule reliability, which increased 2.7 percentage points in May to 66.8%. That is up 30.3 percentage points over May 2022. Schedule reliability improved on 20 of the 34 trade lanes tracked by Sea-Intelligence.
According to Gnosis Freight, which tracked the average vessel delay times so far in June, reliability is improving to the West Coast amid a decrease in blank sailings, with the average delay for vessels calling West Coast ports at 2.4 days, down from 3.4 days in May. The average vessel delay to the East Coast, however, increased to 5.1 days from 4.5 days in May, according to Gnosis.