Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve

Project Type: Floatel
Project Location: Bahamas
Date: January 6, 2020

November to December 2019


Ocean Cay is a private island in Bahamas owned by MSC Cruises. The Italian company announced its plans to buy a small Bahamian island in the end of 2015. MSC negotiated with Bahamas Government to build an exclusive cruise port in the Caribbean. The deal gave MSC rights to occupy and develop the island as an exclusive cruise destination – officially named “Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve”. The 95 acre island is currently the world’s only private marine reserve.

The USD 200 million development project was initially scheduled for completion in December 2017. However, in September 2016, MSC announced that “in order to ensure quality”, Ocean Cay will be operational and open to cruise ship passengers in October 2018. MSC island’s official opening for cruise shipping was once again delayed (mainly due to adverse weather / Hurricane Dorian) and planned for December 2019.

With the project is entering its final phase with limited housing options, MSC required a temporary housing solution for the influx in workers. The Bluefort’s speed of mobilization, flexible accommodations and ample meeting space made it the perfect solution to the client’s project requirements.


The MV Bluefort, recently completing a contract in St. John’s, Newfoundland departed Canadian waters enroute to the Bahamas. After an eight day voyage through rough seas Bridgemans Bluefort arrived safely and on schedule at Ocean Cay, Bahamas to provide accommodations and catering to MSC’s island project.

Bridgemans has developed a global reputation for our ability to deliver turn key solutions to workforce housing.  No matter what your requirements are, you can expect a fully integrated solution with the highest level of customized services and maximum value for your investment.