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MSC taps Fincantieri to build PortMiami mega cruise terminal

Pierfrancesco Vago said the terminal will become a 'Miami landmark of style'
MSC Cruises selected Fincantieri to build its $450m terminal at PortMiami that will be capable of handling up to three ships at a time.

The work will be carried out by Fincantieri Infrastructure Florida.

Designed by Miami-based Arquitectonica, the terminal is due to be completed by December 2023.

Up to 36,000 passengers a day

It will be able to process up to 36,000 passengers in one day.

The new terminal will be able to accommodate MSC's newest flagship MSC Seashore, which is nearing completion at the Fincantieri's Monfalcone yard and due to begin cruising from Miami in November, as well as the line’s future LNG-powered World-class ships, which measure a whopping 205,700gt.

 In line with PortMiami’s plans to provide shore power, the ships deployed there will be ready to plug in to the local power grid at berth.

'Landmark of style'

Citing the 'Italian flair' that Fincantieri will contribute to the project, Pierfrancesco Vago, executive chairman of MSC Cruises, said the terminal will become a 'Miami landmark of style.'

'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,' Vago continued. '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.'

Fincantieri CEO Giuseppe Bono added: 'Miami is undoubtedly the center 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.'

Besides passenger facilities, the new terminal building will include office areas, multi-level parking for at least 2,400 vehicles and a new road connection.

Two berths plus ...

MSC/Fincantieri will construct two new berths measuring 2,461 feet in total.

Third berth to be built by the port, talks with Royal Caribbean to share terminal

PortMiami is planning to build a third berth, Berth 10, to serve that terminal and, as earlier reported, is in talks with Royal Caribbean Group to use that berth and share the terminal with MSC.