The Cruise Division of MSC Group and Fincantieri have signed a contract for the construction of a new mega cruise terminal at PortMiami.
The new terminal, to be constructed by Fincantieri Infrastructure Florida, reflects an investment of approximately EUR 350 million and will be made up of a multi-level central body to serve as many as three latest generation ships at the same time, with up to 36,000 travellers transiting every day.
Designed by the award-winning global architecture firm Arquitectonica, it is due to be completed by December 2023.
The new terminal will be able to accommodate the company’s largest and most environmentally high-performing cruise ships.
These include MSC Cruises’ newest flagship MSC Seashore, which is currently nearing completion at the Fincantieri shipyard in Monfalcone and due to be deployed out of Miami when she enters service later this year, as well as the line’s future LNG-powered World Class ships.
In line with PortMiami’s plans to enable shore power connectivity, the company’s ships deployed there will be ready to plug in to the local power grid at berth.
"For the past 35 years MSC Group has been an important partner for the U.S. economy through our growing role as one of the world’s leading container shipping businesses as well as terminal operators for cargo and passengers alike. In this, Miami has always been a key hub and the new MSC Terminal at PortMiami consolidates our overall presence in this important maritime centre," said Pierfrancesco Vago, executive chairman of the Cruise Division of MSC Group.
Vago said the terminal will serve as a platform "to support and sustain the expansion of our Cruise Division across the region and in the Caribbean for years to come."
In addition to state-of-the-art facilities for passenger services, the new terminal building will include office areas, a multi-level parking for at least 2,400 vehicles and a new road connection.
As per the terms of the project, the Company will construct two new docks measuring 750 metres in total. The Miami-Dade County will also build a third berth.
The project also foresees the construction of the related seashore infrastructure, including water supply stations and four passenger embarkation decks.
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