MSC Group, in partnership with Fincantieri Infrastructure Florida, will build a new “mega cruise terminal” in PortMiami, Florida that will feature four embarkation decks and accommodate the cruise line’s largest and LNG-fuelled vessels.
Slated to open in December 2023, the EUR 350 million project will be accommodate up to three ships at the one time, capable of handling 36,000 travellers transiting every day.
The new terminal will be the future homeport of the likes of 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.
Ships berthed at the new terminal will also be able to plug in to Miami’s power grid.
Pierfrancesco Vago, Executive Chairman of the Cruise Division of MSC Group, said: “For the past 35 years MSC Group has been an important partner for the US 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.”
“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. Moreover, it 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. It will also allow us to deploy there some of our most modern and environmentally high-performing vessels, representing together with our other investments in the US our commitment to the local market, our trade partners and guests.”
The multi-level terminal will also feature office space, car parking for 2,400+ vehicles.
MSC Group and Fincantieri will build two 750-metre docks, and Miami-Dade County will construct the third berth.
Fincantieri Infrastructure Florida is the US subsidiary of the Italian headquartered shipbuilder, Fincantieri.