You Know What They Say? Big Ships-Big Terminal
MSC breaks ground for the largest terminal at Port Miami.
What would you expect from a cruise line that builds monster ships? You got it! A monster cruise terminal.
When finished, MSC's new terminal in Port Miami will be North America's largest. Rick Sasso, the chairman of MSC Cruises USA, said, "What we're doing here is having a terminal that can do ten times the volume than what we had 50 years ago."
Port Director Hydi Webb said, "We're doing a groundbreaking for the MSC Cruise terminal, which will forever change the Miami skyline. It is truly a first of its kind terminal."
"We are truly the gateway. We are truly the cruising capital. And it's investments like this that cement our place on the global stage," said Miami-Dade Mayor Daniella Levine Cava.
The massive terminal is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2023. The terminal project includes a multi-level parking garage for 2,400 vehicles, new road construction to ensure smooth traffic flows, and three berths. MSC will build two of those berths totaling 750 meters/2,461 feet, and Miami-Dade County the third, which is expected to be used by another cruise line. The project also involves the construction of related shore infrastructure, including water supply stations and four-passenger embarkation decks.
MSC's partner in this project is Fincantieri Infrastructure, and they will lead the construction of the terminal, designed by Arquitectonica, which also developed Virgin Voyages' new Terminal V.
According to Fincantieri, this represents one of the largest investments recently made in the US by an Italian-led multinational corporation.