The A$193m Channel Capacity Upgrade will be the first work to start under the A$1.6bn 30-year Townsville Port Expansion Project which has received approval from the Queensland coordinator-general.

Following the double blow dealt by hurricanes Irma and Maria, the international yachting community has shown its willingness to mobilize a massive relief effort to distribute essential services and goods to Barbuda and Dominica.

As a result of hurricane impacts on Caribbean destinations MSC Cruises revised its itineraries further out than other lines, with some changes announced for sailings as far away as March.

Given the impact of Hurricane Maria on Puerto Rico, Royal Caribbean International decided to cancel Adventure of the Seas' Sept. 30 cruise from San Juan, which had been tentative.

'The Caribbean is open for business and going strong,' Arnold Donald, president and CEO of Carnival Corp. & plc, stressed to the financial community on Tuesday.

Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings has partnered with All Hands Volunteers, a leading disaster relief organization powered by volunteers, and set a goal to raise $2.5m for the 'Hope Starts Here' hurricane relief program.

Cuba took a pounding from Hurricane Irma, with severe flooding in parts of Havana and some towns wrecked along the north central coast.

Cruise ship Adriana, which sails from Trinidad in the southern Caribbean, is evacuating US medical students from Dominica following its devastation by Hurricane Maria.

Port Everglades is waiving its tariff charges for ocean shipping lines transporting humanitarian relief supplies to Caribbean nations impacted by hurricanes Irma and Maria.

Top US Virgin Islands officials plan to meet with members of the business community this week to discuss the readiness of the territory to welcome cruise passengers in 30 days.

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