Ground has been broken on the Mediterranean Shipping Company’s (MSC‘s) terminal at PortMiami, which will become North America’s largest cruise terminal.
The four-storey building will be capable of accommodating 36,000 passengers a day embarking and disembarking from three of the latest generation ships.
MSC Group will build two docks and Miami-Dade County will construct the third. The scope also includes a water supply stations, roads and a 2,400 vehicle parking garage.
Italian firm Fincantieri Infrastructure are building the facility, which was designed by Florida’s Arquitectonica.
Daniella Levine Cava, the mayor of Miami-Dade County, said: “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 can only increase.”
Rubén Rodriguez, MSC Cruises’ American president, added: “Our 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.”
Construction of the project is due to be completed by the close of 2023.