MSC Cruises and Fincantieri have announced they have signed a contract with Fincantieri Infrastructure Florida for the construction of a new terminal at PortMiami.
The terminal will reflect an investment of approximately $450 million, and will be made up of a multi-level central body to serve as many as three of MSC’s largest cruise ships at the same time. The terminal will have the capacity for up to 36,000 travelers to pass through each day.
The new “mega terminal,” as MSC calls it, will be able to accommodate MSC’s largest vessels, including its new flagship MSC Seashore, currently under construction at Fincantieri’s Monfalcone shipyard, as well as the line’s future LNG-powered World Class ships.
Seashore is set to begin cruising from PortMiami this November.
In line with PortMiami’s plans to enable shore power connectivity, MSC Cruises’ ships that are deployed from the port will be ready to plug into the local power grid when they are docked.
“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,” said Executive Chairman of MSC Cruises Pierfrancesco Vago.
“In this, Miami has always been a key hub and the new MSC Terminal at PortMiami consolidates our overall presence in this important maritime center.”
“Thanks to the Italian flair that Fincantieri will undoubtedly contribute to this project just like they do to many of our ships, this new state-of-the-art terminal will become a Miami landmark of style as well as comfort for passengers passing through what’s considered the cruise capital of the world,” he continued. “It will also allow us to deploy there some of our most modern and environmentally high-performing vessels.”
In addition to the passenger facilities, the new terminal will include office areas, a parking garage that can hold at least 2,400 vehicles, and a new road connection. MSC will construct two of the new docks, and Miami-Dade County will build the third.
Designed by the global architecture firm Arquitectonica, the terminal is scheduled to be completed by December 2023.