US member ports and their private sector partners plan to spend a whopping $154.8bn on freight and passenger infrastructure investments over the next five years, according to a newly released survey by the American Association of Port Authorities.

Cruise Lines International Association has joined 30 stakeholders, including the American Association of Port Authorities, in a letter to the House and Senate Appropriations Committees urging them to fund the new US Customs and Border Protection staff request in President Obama’s fiscal 2017 budget.

The National Transportation Safety Board, an independent US federal agency responsible for investigating significant accidents in various modes of transportation, seeks a director for its Office of Marine Safety.

Carnival Corp. is poised to operate the first cruise from the United States to Cuba in more than 50 years. The company's Fathom brand on Monday got permission from Cuban authorities to sail Adonia into Havana, Cienfuegos and Santiago de Cuba in May. The ship will operate round-trip PortMiami.

Carnival Corp. is poised to announce 'significant news' about travel to Cuba.

Kevin O’Sullivan, chairman of Cruise New Zealand, said the industry’s value to the economy is understated as official visitor counts fail to include as many as 176,000 cruise ship visitors a year.

MedCruise joined cruise and other maritime stakeholders in Brussels for a second panel discussion on differentiated port infrastructure charges to promote environmentally friendly maritime transport activities and sustainable transport.

The International Registries Inc./Marshall Islands Registry relocated and expanded its Fort Lauderdale office. The new location will accommodate the tremendous growth the Marshall Islands maritime and corporate registries have experienced in recent years and allow for further expansion.

Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. president and chief operating officer Adam Goldstein and US Maritime Administration administrator Paul Jaenichen are scheduled to address the 104th Annual Convention and Exposition of the American Association of Port Authorities.

Mexico's newly appointed Secretary of Tourism Enrique de la Madrid Cordero has confirmed his plans to attend the Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association Conference and Trade Show in Cozumel.

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