MSC Cruises and Fincantieri have signed a contract for the construction of a new cruise terminal at PortMiami by Fincantieri Infrastructure Florida.
The new terminal represents an investment of €350 million ($416 million) and will be made up of a multi-level central body which will be able to serve up to three cruise ships at the same time and handle up to 36,000 passenger movements per day. Designed by the global architecture firm Arquitectonica, the terminal is due to be completed by December 2023.
“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,” said Pierfrancesco Vago, executive chairman of MSC Cruises. “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.”
MSC and Fincantieri will construct two new docks measuring 750 metres in total, while Miami-Dade County will also build a third berth. In addition to facilities for passenger services, the new terminal building will include office areas, a multi-level car park for at least 2,400 vehicles and a new road connection. Related seashore infrastructure, including water supply stations and four passenger embarkation decks, will also be constructed.
“Miami is undoubtedly the centre of world cruise tourism, as well as being the ideal hub for the entire Caribbean area and is therefore the perfect showcase to host a work that will be representative of the best of made in Italy,” said Giuseppe Bono, CEO of Fincantieri.