Drewry and CargoSmart Deliver New Container Key Performance Indicators

Maritime Activity Reports, Inc.

April 17, 2012

London – Drewry Maritime Research and CargoSmart Limited have entered into a cooperation agreement which will introduce a wider range of container Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) to help importers and exporters benchmark their carriers’ service levels.

Drewry will incorporate the additional KPIs into a new quarterly report, the details of which will be announced later this month.

“The new container KPIs will add value, as they will measure performance at the box-level, which is more important for shippers than at the ship-level,” said Philip Damas, director at Drewry.

Drewry has chosen CargoSmart for its comprehensive, high quality data, which is necessary for KPIs to be effective for decision making.

The new KPIs will monitor not only the performance of the physical port-to-port shipping operation, but also the performance of commercial processes, as well as regional inland transport performance and port dwell times.

“Drewry’s reporting over recent years has indicated that only 60 percent to 70 percent of containership sailings arrived on time, with carriers only recently deciding to provide a guaranteed standard of service with compensations for delays,” Damas commented. “In a service industry, we believe that it is important that buyers know what standards of service and performance they can expect from the carrier industry - whether good or bad - and what it means in terms of value-for-money and the cost of failed performance.”

Many large importers and exporters today already measure various performance metrics for the carriers they use. The new industry KPIs provided by Drewry and supported by CargoSmart will provide a comparative, standard assessment of the performance of the carrier industry as a whole and of carriers unknown to shippers, which is not otherwise available even to large shippers.

Drewry will disclose information on the new industry KPIs later this month, once the first phase of analysis has been completed.


 

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