The House Ports Opportunity, Renewal, Trade and Security (PORTS) Caucus sent a letter to Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson urging him to allocate more resources to address Customs and Border Protection staffing shortages at US seaports.
Port Everglades became the first seaport to partner with the US Environmental Protection Agency on an air emissions study aimed at developing new pollution reduction strategies.
Cruise stocks sank further on Monday as the global repercussions of Britain's vote to leave the European Union intensified. Nervous investors offloaded shares in high-volume trading, and the pound hit a 31-year low of 1.32 to the dollar.
Investor concerns about Britain's potential exit from the European Union have been the main reason for cruise stocks underperforming since late May, in the view of Wells Fargo Securities, which cited China pricing and softer North American consumer demand for Europe cruises as other factors.
Cruise line executives, travel agency leaders and key suppliers and partners are in Washington, DC, as part of Cruise Lines International Association's annual Congressional Cruise Caucus.
Royal Caribbean is looking at building a $47m pier that could dock Oasis-class ships at its private island, CocoCay, while Carnival Cruise Line is in talks about creating a major cruise port in East Grand Bahama, Bahamas Prime Minister Perry Christie said.
Tara Russell, president of Fathom and social impact lead for Carnival Corp. & plc, expressed pride in her company's role in influencing Cuban officials to allow arrivals by cruise ship of Cuban-born individuals who live abroad. The change also was welcomed by Cruise Lines International Association and companies including Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings.
The Port of Seattle Commission took action Tuesday to speed up Transportation Security Administration checkpoint lines at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport by hiring temporary private contractors for the summer season. The additional contractors will assist passengers so more TSA staff can work screening lanes.