Italian Contractor Hired To Begin Miami’s Biggest Ever Cruise Terminal (With Shore Power)

MSC Cruises has given the green light to begin construction on what it is calling a landmark cruise terminal at PortMiami.

The company announced today in a press release that it had signed a $415 million contract with Fincantieri Infrastructure Florida to begin building the new facility.

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.

Arquitectonica is the architect.

Completion is scheduled by December 2023.

 

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Anonymous
4 months ago

SHORE POWER !!!!!!!!!

Anonymous
4 months ago

Shout out to all the people who have been waiting for shore power A LONG TIME.

Anonymous
4 months ago

Wouldn’t have happened without those folks

Anonymous
4 months ago

For shore now it’s time to have all those stupid jokes back! C’mon people, don’t be disappointing.

Anonymous
4 months ago

Now they better use the shore power! These megaships have the potential to bring *substantial* air pollution to south beach.

Anonymous
4 months ago

Boys & Girls… Ladies & Gentleman…

This is what a real project looks like…

Anonymous
4 months ago

Building looks fabulous! Great addition to the port.

Anonymous
4 months ago

Another beautiful Arquitectonica design. Very nice

Anonymous
4 months ago

And very rare!

Anonymous
4 months ago

I know we always joke about the metromover here but we should have it at the Port. Or at the very least have a Port loop that connects the Brightline station to all the terminals

Anonymous
4 months ago

Exactly. But from how things work here, we’ll probably get a new transportation system some kind of train and it will be called the PortMover

Anonymous
4 months ago

Call it the BowelMover

Anonymous
4 months ago

East – West MetroRail line that uses the existing stop they built ay GovCenter and going to the port with stops then serving Miami Beach.

Anonymous
4 months ago

I mean really, do you read? Brightline is already talking about extending a train line over onto the Port of Miami.

Anonymous
4 months ago

A train? We need the metromover there. One city->One transportation system …NOT 10!

Anonymous
4 months ago

Did I make the mistake in thinking that a Brightline train would be more covenient because it can carry more people than the Metromover?

Anonymous
4 months ago

What one transportation system? We have multiple already, and people cruise-bound will likely be taking the Metrorail from MIA or Brightline from Orlando, either which make more sense for an extension.

Anonymous
4 months ago

“One city->One transportation system …NOT 10!”

Nonsense!
People in this city, and any city, need multiple modes of transportation.

To suggest that I NEED to pay for a metromover to the largest Cruise Ship Port in the World is ignorant and thoughtless.

If all locals just paid more in taxes….WE could have a MetroMover to the Largest Cruise Ship Port in the World (that…obviously…earned that title without the NEED for a Metromover to the Largest Cruise Ship Port in the World).

With the addition of a MetroMover to PortMiami, WE could pay for Cruise passengers to work through the the following:
1. Disembark
2. Go to baggage claim to retrieve the luggage that they have brought for a 3-10 journey.
3. Walk from baggage claim for 1.5 miles to find the shuttle to the MetroRail area.
4. Keep their children and luggage corralled as they navigate the turnstiles and payment stations to transfer to the Metrorail.
5. Take that tiny elevator down, or drag their luggage and drage their children down the escalator to wait for the MetroRail.
6. Board the MetroRail with the exceptional Miami Ambassadors and their stolen bicycles sharing the ride.
7. Get off the MetroMover, and take another urine scented elvator to change from MetroMover to MetroRail to arrive at the port 1 hour and 45 minutes from landing.

OR

Land. Grab luggage and walk 25 paces to where the Uber takes you precisly where you want to go in 20 minutes.

The “WE” “NEED” this and that crowd NEEDS to get an education, or at the very least, they should learn to think critically.

Anonymous
4 months ago

So brightline north, switch back and wait for port bridge to go down and cross back?

No. That’s a joke.

Anonymous
4 months ago

They had a plan for it, but the meeting was canceled and so was the south brickell extension. This thing really needs to be extended.

Anonymous
4 months ago

yeah would be nice to have, accidentally getting dropped off at the wrong terminal and then having to walk in scorching heat was not fun

Anonymous
4 months ago

This is why Spirit started flying here.

36,000 passengers at a time! An a320 with 2 class configuration holds 164 people which would require 219 flights to serve JUST this terminal! Not to mention the other new terminals and larger ships coming to PortMiami. This will be a HUGE economic engine for our economy!

Anonymous
4 months ago

Your comment all sounds good except for the a320. We need beautiful private American Boeing aircrafts bringing in people, and not European government subsidized European airbuses.

Anonymous
4 months ago

SW also started flying into MIA recently and they only fly 737’s.

Anonymous
4 months ago

Cool, lets leave all the Spirit clientele stranded in Cuba once Joe Bonehead “thaws” relations again.

Anonymous
4 months ago

They got me rollinnnn patrollinnnn cause they gonna catch me ridin dirty….

– Donald Trump

lol…

Anonymous
4 months ago

its entire roof should be solar panels.

Anonymous
4 months ago

Where will it be exactly?

Anonymous
4 months ago

Terminal F

Anonymous
4 months ago

Thanks!!

Anonymous
4 months ago

Beautiful!

Anonymous
4 months ago

Not direct flights to and from Asia, don’t care.

Anonymous G
4 months ago

Great news and should be an exciting project. But why hire an Italian contractor with no Florida and more specifically Miami construction experience? There are better options for GC’s like Turner, Skanska, Suffolk, Yates, and a few others.
Other then that very happy about this project.

Anonymous
4 months ago

Because Italians do it better!

Anonymous
4 months ago

Italian mafia connections

Anonymous
4 months ago

That render is not the same render shown before or am I missing something? If this is a new render its definitely a down grade!

La Condesa de San Ignacio
4 months ago

Long and sleek!

Anonymous
4 months ago

As long as the cruise ships aren’t amphibious and don’t bring in passengers from Atlanta I’m all for this.

Anonymous
4 months ago

As long as the cruise ships aren’t amphibious and don’t bring in Trump Storm Troopers I’m all for this.

Anonymous
4 months ago

36,000 passengers a day? It’sa gonna need some akinda newa bridge to agetta thema cars acrossa Biscaynea Blvd unless traffica jams are anotta a problema.

Anonymous
4 months ago

Uh….the port tunnel was completed several years ago, no need to deal with Biscayne Blvd. If you need directions- far left two lanes after you cross bridge on 395; just prior to the Children’s Museum. 🙂

Anonymous
4 months ago

ya gotta get to that tunnel first ….

Anonymous
4 months ago

We need the Metromover to the port

Mana Moishe
4 months ago

This fake Italian accent gave me an aneurysm.

Anonymous
4 months ago

36000 passengers a day???…..35950 will miss the boat being stuck in traffic to port……

Anonymous
4 months ago

They can take the Metromover to the boat…

Anonymous
4 months ago

Brightline is supposed to be building a terminal at the port, so hopefully some will take the train from MIA, FLL, WPB, or Orlando/Disney, instead of driving. If you’re flying into the area just for a cruise, it’ll be much less hassle than renting a car.

Anonymous
4 months ago

embarking and disembarking passengers.

Up to 36,000

7,000 x 2 x 2 (MSC)
4,000 x 2 x 2 (RCCL)

Anonymous
4 months ago

This looks like shit. Melo should’ve built it

Anonymous
4 months ago

Um, it hasn’t been built yet.

h89
4 months ago

miami is becoming like singapore, meaning native citizens will feel like 3rd class citizens in their own city, with zero affordability for housing… So before you cheer all of this, look and think a little deeper..

Anonymous
4 months ago

Shush, put the phone down and go find a better lying job

Anonymous
4 months ago

*paying

Anonymous
4 months ago

very true

Anonymous
4 months ago

Progress doesn’t look back at losers. If everyone thought like you, we’d still be living in caves and living off our hunting and crops.

Anonymous
4 months ago

Ridiculous logic. Keep the City and everyone else down for your own self interest. I rather see our beautiful City go up, and not down. It is a huge country. Go move somewhere else with whatever it is you want.

Anonymous
4 months ago

If you are down in Miami at this day and age, it is because of a mental medical condition.

Anonymous
4 months ago

Get a better job and stop whining

Anonymous
4 months ago

What a loser mentality!

Anonymous
4 months ago

Look at US census data amongst major US metros and you’ll see that Miami-Dade is amongst the largest metros with the high owner-occupied housing rates in the country at around 51.2% of housing stock. Compared to Los Angles at 45.8% and San Francisco with 37.6%, Miami’s growth and appreciation is benefiting homeowners across the city. Considering many individuals from other states and abroad purchase second or third homes in Miami-Dade, 51.2% is pretty decent for owner-occupied homeownership rate. Further, your Singapore comparison is utterly baseless as Singapore’s homeownership rate is 90.4%.

Work hard and save wherever you can and you’ll be able to afford an apartment or a house. Now, if you expect to move into a glitzy move-in ready apartment with all the bells and whistles in the most desirable areas of the city, while paying an expensive lease and dining out every weekend you’ll never be able to afford anything. Sacrificing is difficult but not impossible.

Anonymous
4 months ago

Speak for yourself, housing is affordable.

Maybe the housing YOU want isnt affordable to YOU.

(Pro Tip: Don’t be a renter. If the population increases as new housing is absorbed, then housing is affordable.)

Anon
4 months ago

Very true.

Anonymous
4 months ago

Anyone should be able to own a place in Miami right now. Prices are cheap! Save up and buy up.

Anonymous
4 months ago

Singapore builds subsidized condos for its citizens – research yourself, sweetie.

Anon
4 months ago

There is no way we can begin to compare Miami to Singapore. Period.

Anonymous
4 months ago

Miami is better!

Anonymous
4 months ago

Yep, and it wouldn’t work here, as it didn’t since the 1940s. It only works in Singapore because its an authoritarian regime controlled by the Chinese mafia that keeps the lower castes of Indians, Filipinos, and Malays “in line.”

Anonymous
4 months ago

what BS.

Anonymous
4 months ago

affordable housing is everywhere… just not a penthouse like you would want.
Buy a smaller house in a neighborhood that fits your budget.

Anonymous
4 months ago

there are many programs to help people get into houses, there are buildings with units set aside for affordability. Obviously you are just too lazy to go look for them. Perhaps you are just wanting it all handed to you. Do some homework, or sit and do nothing. No sympathies if you choose the sit/nothing route.

Anonymous
4 months ago

It took a 15 second google search to see you have no idea what you’re talking about.

“Singapore has developed a unique housing system, with three-quarters of its housing stock built by the Housing & Development Board (HDB) and homeownership financed through Central Provident Fund (CPF) savings. As a result, the country’s homeownership rate of 90% is one of the highest among market economies.”