It will become the biggest terminal ever built at PortMiami – nearly double the size of Royal Caribbean’s new “Crown of Miami” terminal.
Fincantieri is based in Italy and is one of the world’s largest shipbuilders. MSC was founded in Italy and is headquartered in Switzerland.
“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,” said Fincantieri CEO Giuseppe Bono.
MSC Group Cruise Division Pierfrancesco Vago said that the new complex would become a Miami landmark.
The facility will be able to handle three of the latest generation cruise ships at a time, with up to 36,000 passengers per day.
Ships deployed to the new terminal will be ready to plug in to the local power grid at berth, in line with PortMiami’s plans to enable shore power connectivity, the company said.
The new facility will be able to handle MSC’s future LNG-powered World Class ships.
MSC also said its newest flagship MSC Seashore, which is currently nearing completion at the Fincantieri shipyard in Monfalcone, will be deployed out of Miami when it enters service later this year and will be handled by the new facility when complete.
The new buildings will also include office areas, a multi-level parking garage for at least 2,400 vehicles and a new road connection.
MSC will build two new docks measuring 2,460 feet in total. Miami-Dade County will also build a third berth.
Related seashore infrastructure will also be built, including water supply stations and four passenger embarkation decks.