Niche container lines are far more reliable than the majors

The smaller niche carriers provide far better schedule reliability than container majors such as Maersk and CMA CGM. The difference in performance has now reached the highest level since 2011, writes Sea-Intelligence.

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Niche container lines have been better at navigating the Covid-19 pandemic in terms of schedule reliability.

Specifically, the smaller carriers have persistently achieved higher schedule reliability, by 8 to 11 percent in June and July, respectively, than the container segment's 14 majors, writes Sea-Intelligence.

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