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The cruise division of MSC Group has announced signing a contract with Fincantieri for the construction of a new cruise terminal at PortMiami.

The new $450 million terminal is due to be completed in December 2023 and will be capable of hosting as many as three latest-generation ships at the same time, and handling up to 36,000 passenger movements per day.

The terminal will be able to accommodate MSC Cruises’ newest flagship MSC Seashore, currently nearing completion at the Fincantieri shipyard in Monfalcone and due to begin cruising from Miami this November, as well as the line’s future LNG-powered World Class ships.

In line with PortMiami’s plans to enable shore power connectivity, MSC Cruises’ ships deployed at the new terminal will be ready to plug in to the local power grid at berth.

“This new state-of-the-art terminal will become a Miami landmark of style as well as comfort for passengers passing through what’s considered the cruise capital of the world,” said Pierfrancesco Vago, executive chairman of the cruise division of MSC Group, in a press release statement. “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. 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 U.S. our commitment to the local market, our trade partners and guests.”

As well as state-of-the-art facilities for passenger services, the new terminal building will include office areas, multi-level parking for at least 2,400 vehicles and a new road connection. The project also foresees the construction of related seashore infrastructure, such as water supply stations and four passenger embarkation decks.

“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 Giuseppe Bono, CEO, Fincantieri, in a press release statement.

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