• TPM24
  • March 3-6, 2024 | Long Beach Convention Center

Alan Murphy


Co-Founder and CEO

Alan Murphy is Co-Founder and CEO, at Sea-Intelligence. A deeply passionate liner shipping expert, Murphy has more than 20 years of experience in container shipping research and analysis, providing insight and intelligence to a broad range of stakeholders in the logistics community, through quantitative research, econometric modeling, and database architecture development. Murphy co-founded SeaIntel, now Sea-Intelligence, with industry legend Lars Jensen in 2011, to provide exceptional and insightful liner shipping analysis and advice, always based on a clearly stated and comprehensive methodology. Prior to the launch, he was senior analyst of Maersk Line’s Intelligence and Analysis section, at that time the industry’s largest customer of industry analysis, research, and market data. The frustration with the poorly sourced back-of-envelope style of analysis often found in this industry, and a lack of comparable, verified benchmarks of liner performance, was the spark that would lead to the creation of Sea-Intelligence, which now covers Research & Analysis, Data Services, and Advisory Services. Murphy has a degree in business economics, and previously worked as a research analyst at the Copenhagen Business School. He is fluent in seven primary programming languages and has developed everything from simple business apps to full-stack enterprise database systems. 

Sessions With Alan Murphy

Monday, 4 March

  • 02:35pm - 03:20pm (PST) / 04/mar/2024 10:35 pm - 04/mar/2024 11:20 pm

    Ocean Carrier Service Reliability: The Sobering News from Sea-Intelligence

    It’s an unpleasant but unavoidable reality for shippers coming out of the COVID era. While freight rates and port congestion have normalized, schedule reliability is still far below where it was pre-COVID. The main reason is that, in a largely futile effort to put a floor under a falling market, carriers have been aggressively managing capacity through blank sailings, slow steaming, and unscheduled port calls. While that has kept vessel load factors higher and perhaps avoided an unmitigated rate war, it has meant greater unpredictability for shippers’ supply chains, longer transit times, and, in some cases, lost revenue and higher costs. The big question is, how long will it last? In this solo session, Alan Murphy, CEO of Sea-Intelligence, the world’s foremost authority on schedule reliability, will offer his views of the future of service reliability, while answering these questions and more:

    • Is this the new, post-COVID normal that shippers will have to suffer through for the foreseeable future?

    • Will certain carriers choose to take a different tack and deliver schedule reliability even if it means committing to more deployed capacity?