It can accommodate up to 3 state-of-the-art ships at the same time, thus handling a transit of up to 36,000 guests per day
Today, the Cruise Division of the MSC Group and Fincantieri announced the signing of a contract for the construction, by Fincantieri Infrastructure of Florida, of a new mega cruise terminal in PortMiami, which is the center of the cruise industry in America. of the North and the Caribbean.
The new terminal will reflect an investment of approximately 350 million euros and will be composed of a multilevel central structure to receive up to 3 state-of-the-art ships at the same time, which will admit up to 36,000 passengers passing through each day. It will be designed by the award-winning global architecture studio “Arquitectonica”, and will be completed in December 2023.
The new terminal will be able to house the Company’s largest and most environmentally efficient cruise ships. These include MSC Cruises’ flagship MSC Seashore, which is currently nearing completion at the Fincantieri shipyard in Monfalcone and will be sailing out of Miami when it enters service later this year, as well as future ships from world class powered by LNG.
In accordance with PortMiami’s plans to enable power connectivity on land, the Company’s ships moored there will be ready to connect to the local electrical grid at the dock.
Pierfrancesco Vago, Executive Chairman of the MSC Group’s cruise division, said: “For the past 35 years, the MSC Group has been an important partner to the US economy thanks to our growing role as one of the leading companies in world-leading container shipping, as well as terminal operators, both for cargo and guests. In this, Miami has always been a key hub and the new MSC Terminal at PortMiami consolidates our overall presence in this important maritime hub. ”
“Thanks to the Italian style with which Fincantieri will undoubtedly contribute to this project as they do with many of our ships, this new state-of-the-art terminal will become a landmark of style and comfort in Miami for guests who pass by. which is why it is considered the cruise capital of the world. In addition, it will serve as a platform to support and sustain the expansion of our Cruise Division in the region and in the Caribbean during the next few years. It will also allow us to deploy some of our most modern and environmentally performing vessels there, representing, along with our other investments in the US, our commitment to the local market, our business partners and guests. ”
Giuseppe Bono, CEO of Fincantieri, commented: “Miami is undoubtedly the world center of cruise tourism, in addition to being the ideal starting point for the entire Caribbean area, and therefore it will also be to host a job that is at the level of the best already made in Italy. ”
In addition to state-of-the-art facilities for guest services, the new terminal building will include office areas, a multi-level parking lot for at least 2,400 vehicles and a new road connection.
In accordance with the terms of the project, the Company will build 2 new docks of 750 meters in total. Miami-Dade County will also build a third berth.
The project also provides for the construction of related coastal infrastructure, including water supply stations and 4 docks for boarding guests.