The Cruise Division of MSC Group and Fincantieri have announced the signing of a contract for the construction by Fincantieri Infrastructure Florida of a new mega cruise terminal at PortMiami, the cruise industry’s hub in North America and the Caribbean.
The new terminal will be able to accommodate the MSC Cruises’ 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.
The new cruise terminal 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.
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.
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.
The project also includes the construction of 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.
The new cruise terminal is designed by the award-winning global architecture firm Arquitectonica, it is due to be completed by December 2023.