MSC chooses Leonardo systems for the cruise terminal in Miami

04 April 2024

Leonardo and MSC Crociere have partnered to supply cross-belt technology, previously used mainly in airports, for the baggage handling system in Miami’s new cruise terminal. Fincantieri Infrastructure will also help implement the project. Raoul de Forcade discusses this in an in-depth article in “Il Sole 24 Ore”, also through the words of Massimiliano Veltroni, Leonardo’s Managing Director Automation.

For the first time a baggage handling system using Leonardo’s cross-belt technology, typically used in the airport sector, is being introduced at a cruise terminal in Miami, Florida. MSC Crociere will use the facility to optimise logistics and baggage handling operations within the terminal currently under construction in the city. It will be the largest terminal in the United States and one the largest in the world.

The project will see Leonardo and Fincantieri Infrastructure, which is carrying out the construction, working together to provide an advanced passenger baggage management system scheduled for delivery in October 2024. The partnership marks Leonardo’s entry into the cruise terminal sector and is in line with its strategy of exporting cross-belt technology, particularly to the USA and North America.

As Massimiliano Veltroni pointed out, the agreement “aims to create a model for future initiatives and to redefine baggage handling standards in the cruise sector, becoming a benchmark for efficiency, reliability, and passenger satisfaction. The project also lays the foundation for developing baggage handling facilities at future MSC cruise terminals”.