Good News for Maine Ports 

Maine ports that draw upon the cruise ship business are welcoming the White House’s rejection of a proposal that critics say would have altered cruise ship intineraries and imperiled tourism dollars and jobs.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection proposed the change last year to protect U.S.-flagged cruise ships operating from Hawaii by reducing foreign ships’ time in the islands.

Critics, however,said it would have led to fewer cruise ship visits at mainland ports as well.

A modified version of the measure was rejected by the Office of Management and Budget.

This year, Portland opened a 21 million dollar cruise ship terminal. It said the number of its cruise ship visits could have been cut by up to 80 percent under the original proposal.

Amy Powers, who directs a coalition representing 12 Maine ports, said state officials and the Maine congressional delegation had opposed the measure.