The portal-based ocean transportation technology provider INTTRA said Tuesday it will partner with liner shipping analyst SeaIntel to produce a monthly report on key ocean carrier reliability measures.
The partnership will essentially augment SeaIntel’s existing Schedule Reliability index with actual delivery performance data from INTTRA.
“On-time delivery and schedule reliability are both critical measures to gain a deeper understanding of what underlies industry performance and predictability,” the companies said in a statement.
In addition to the monthly report, INTTRA and SeaIntel will collaborate to publish a series of analysis reports looking more deeply at other factors that contribute to industry on-time performance. The reports will tap into INTTRA’s data set of more than 35 ocean carriers and non-vessel-operating common carriers, 200,000 users and more than 800,000 individual container status messages per day.
"SeaIntel already provides the most timely and comprehensive measurements on schedule reliability, however enhancing this with access to INTTRA's vast multi-carrier transaction and tracking database, will result in a quantum leap in the way we can measure and understand a multitude of service parameters," said Lars Jensen, chief executive officer of SeaIntel Maritime Analysis. "With INTTRA's approach to performance analysis, we have the unique ability to also look into shipper behaviors like amendments, changes and cancellations that can further impact carrier performance.”
The measurement of carrier schedule reliability has expanded significantly in recent years, first with an index produced quarterly by London-based consultancy Drewry, and then with SeaIntel’s monthly report. A handful of individual carriers have also begun reporting their own internal reliability metrics.
The introduction of Maersk Line’s Daily Maersk product last fall, in which total transportation times on Asia-Europe shipments are guaranteed, helped shippers focus on schedule integrity beyond the pure ocean leg.
American Shipper reported
on the topic in its January issue.
Meanwhile, INTTRA, which started as an online ocean freight booking portal developed by a cadre of steamship lines, has been endeavoring in recent years to leverage the data it houses in new ways, including its OceanMetrics product, in which users can track shipment performance. - Eric Johnson