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Suez megaship owner haggles over $900m release demand

Apo - The Japanese owner of a megaship seized after blocking the Suez Canal has said it is negotiating with Egyptian authorities after they demanded $900 million in compensation for its release.

Iran releases seized South Korean tanker

Tehran - Iran on Friday released a South Korean-flagged tanker it had seized three months ago after a dispute over billions in frozen oil funds.

Iran releases seized S. Korean tanker: Seoul foreign ministry

Seoul - Iran on Friday released a South Korean-flagged tanker it seized amid a dispute over billions in frozen oil funds, and the vessel's captain, the foreign ministry in Seoul said.

Logjam deepens at the world's ports as pandemic strikes shipping

Lianyungang - Towering cranes work overtime swinging containers from cargo vessels in the eastern Chinese port of Lianyungang, racing to keep ahead of a perfect storm unleashed by the pandemic that has created gridlock in global shipping.

Fresh ideas for improving the logistics chain under COVID-19 Special

No matter how sophisticated the logistics chain is in the 'thick of it' in the warehouse setting, the challenge is all about helping to fulfill orders, and making sure clients are happy. A logistics expert, provides some improvement tips for 2021.

Data-driven approach is the answer to COVID-19 vaccine logistics Special

The distribution of the various coronavirus vaccines that becoming available will be challenging for most countries. Developing a sound, data-driven approach to distribution is set to be key. How the data is used with be pivotal.

What Biden’s supply chain could look like Special

President-elect Joe Biden has big plans for rebuilding the U.S. supply chain after the global pandemic shook it to its core. This includes a plan to help reduce the reliance of US supply chains on overseas companies.

Op-Ed: Coronavirus vaccine: It's not as simple as you think

The rush to develop coronavirus vaccines continues. However, the process will take longer than much of the media is suggesting and not every vaccine will be as effective as others.

Desperate search for crew of ship sunk in typhoon off Japan

Apo - Japanese coast guard rescuers searched Thursday for the remaining 42 crew of a ship believed to have sunk in a typhoon, after a lone survivor was found bobbing in a lifejacket.

First major Mediterranean cruise liner sets sail since pandemic

Genoa - The first major cruise ship to resume tours of the Mediterranean since the coronavirus pandemic hit Europe set sail from the Italian city of Genoa on Sunday, as the industry tries to regain ground after a bruising hiatus.

Ship leaks more oil off Mauritius as calls for answers grow

Port Louis - A fresh streak of oil spilled Friday from a ship stranded on a reef in pristine waters off Mauritius, threatening further ecological devastation as demands mount for answers as to why the vessel had come so close to shore.

Ship leaks more oil off Mauritius as calls for answers grow

Port Louis - A fresh streak of oil spilled Friday from a bulk carrier stranded on a reef in pristine waters off Mauritius which is already reeling from the ecological disaster, as demands mounted for answers as to why the vessel had come so close to shore.

The Japan firms behind Mauritius oil-leak ship

Apo - The Japanese firm that operates a ship leaking fuel off the coast of Mauritius has been involved in accidents before, including a 2006 oil spill in the Indian Ocean.

Stranded on ships, 200,000 seafarers struggle in virus limbo

Manila - Indian ship worker Tejasvi Duseja is desperate to go home after months stranded offshore by coronavirus border closures and lockdowns that have left more than 200,000 seafarers in limbo.

Q&A: How can small retailers compete over delivery times? Special

These days many consumers can expect to receive their packages almost immediately from big companies, with one to two day shipping and convenient “Buy Online and Pick up in Store” options. With this occurring, how can smaller retailers adapt?

Q&A: Demystifying reverse logistics with new tracking solutions Special

In the past decade, brick-and-mortar store sales have taken a major hit, but so too have e-commerce retailers. Return deliveries in the U.S. alone will cost $550 billion by 2020, a 75.2% increase from 2016.

Q&A: New digital solution for easing third-party delivery Special

As more restaurants opt into online delivery and ditch exclusivity contracts with third-parties, integration solutions are needed to make third-party delivery a painless and profitable venture. Vishal Agarwal, CEO of ItsaCheckmate provides an example.

Q&A: Strategies for managing package delivery in multi-housing Special

Property managers and people who oversee facilities are dealing with an unprecedented problem of too many packages to manage in apartment buildings and multifamily homes. Expert Jake Fingert offers some solutions.

Bahrain to join US-led efforts to protect Gulf navigation

Dubai - Bahrain said Monday it would join US-led efforts to protect shipping in the Gulf amid tensions between Washington and Tehran after a series of attacks on tankers.

New packing robot aims to save businesses time and money

A new innovation with a robotic arm speeds up the process of packing and does so more efficiently, thereby offering a solution to business that will save time and lower operating costs.

Digital twins: Redesigning logistics, creating new efficiencies

Many logistics companies are tuning to virtual and augmented reality processes in order to improve the design and efficiency of the supply chain. A new DHL report outlines several options as companies look at this digital transformation tech.

Q&A: FlatRate launches world’s first all-in-one moving app Special

FlatRate Moving, one of New York City's largest moving companies, has launched the “My FlatRate” app, which enables customers to book and manage the entire process of residential moving and storage through the convenience of their smartphone.

Damaged tankers reach safe waters after Gulf attacks

Dubai - Two damaged tankers arrived safely Sunday at locations off the Emirati coast after they were rocked by explosions in Gulf waters, in an incident Saudi Arabia blamed on its regional arch-rival Iran.

Damaged Japanese tanker arrives at UAE anchorage

Dubai - A Japanese tanker, attacked in the Gulf in an incident that sparked a new standoff between Washington and Tehran, "arrived safely" Sunday at an anchorage off the UAE, its management said.

Q&A: Achieving a supply chain renaissance Special

Supply chains are complex, and the involvement of multiple actors adds to this complexity. Yet, supply chains can be improved through digital technology, according to Nikos Papageorgiou, an industry expert at the forefront of the technology.

Somaliland eyes key Red Sea trade role with Berbera port

Burao - The soporific seaside town of Berbera is slowly changing as it takes on a major role on the Red Sea shipping route, allowing breakaway Somaliland to dream of prosperity and even recognition.

Overcoming challenges of logistics with digital technology: Q&A Special

Despite improvements with digital technology, errors with logistics still occur. Naviaddress has developed a system which provides verified addresses, in the form of ID numbers, for any location or object in the world. Dmitri Moiseev explains more.

E-commerce and the logistical dilemma: Q&A Special

The age of Amazon (boom of e-commerce) has created massive delivery challenges and logistical issues with a 48 percent increase in package deliveries in the last two years. Among the solutions is a digital locker system. Package Concierge explains more.

French food delivery cyclists to strike over pay

Paris - French food-bike delivery staff working for companies like Uber Eats and Deliveroo are set to strike next week demanding better pay and benefits including bonuses when it rains, they said Thursday.

UPS invests in tech to streamline its network operations

UPS is planning to invest in technology improvements over the next year as it streamlines its network to improve efficiency and cut down backlogs. The company will reportedly spend up to $7bn on new tech to increase its network capacity for the holidays.
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