Construction Begins on $400M Cruise Ship Terminal


Earlier this month, MSC Cruises broke ground on what is projected to be the largest cruise ship terminal in North America. Currently being constructed at PortMiami beside the Royal Caribbean’s Terminal A, once the $400 million project is completed, it will be capable of accommodating three latest generation cruise ships and processing up to 36,000 passengers per day.

According to CruiseFever, MSC Cruises in building two of the new docks and Miami-Dade County is constructing the third.

“Our new terminal at PortMiami represents MSC Cruises’ commitment to growing in North America and will help drive our expansion in South Florida and beyond. It’s also part of our larger sustainability goals, which include deploying our most modern and environmentally advanced ships to North America, the continued development of our one-of-a-kind Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve, and our pledge to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050,” said Rubén Rodriguez, President, MSC Cruises USA.

Reportedly underway since last July, the project was first announced when the Cruise Division of MSC Group and Fincantieri announced a partnership under which Fincantieri Infrastructure agreed to build the new terminal.

“We are very pleased to be able to work with MSC, PortMiami and Miami-Dade County on such an ambitious project as the new terminal. It represents for us a significant result from a strategic point of view, because it rewards the choice to extend to new areas the skills acquired in the field of large infrastructures,” said Claudio Gemme, CEO of Fincantieri Infrastructure.

“When the works are completed, here in the world cruise capital, passengers from all over the globe will be able to admire the superior quality of our work even before boarding the ship.”

Global architecture firm Arquitectonica was selected to design the state-of-the-art port facility, which will span 1.57 million square feet. While the design maximizes the use of the ground floor for cruise passengers, luggage processing and ship provisioning operations, a separate Ground Transportation Area and 2,400-car parking garage is also part of the plan.

On the firm's website, Arquitectonica reports that the separation of the terminal and garage structures allows for the optimization of the building floorplates and structural efficiency employed.

“In Miami-Dade County, we are forging our way to the future with investments that will stimulate growth and expanded opportunities for our local economy. As our port continues to grow, the opportunities for our community—in jobs, contracts, and services—can only increase,” said Miami-Dade County Mayor Daniella Levine Cava.

“The new MSC mega cruise terminal will simultaneously service three new-generation passenger vessels, potentially handling up to 36,000 travelers per day. This architectural wonder will allow the cruise line to deploy some of its most environmentally high-performing ships, including its new World Class fleet currently under construction. A big thank you to MSC Cruises and Fincantieri for their solid partnership.”


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