MSC breaks ground at nature reserve

Former industrial site to become Caribbean paradise
MSC Cruises has begun work on a nature reserve it is building in the Bahamas. The ground-breaking ceremony was held on the island south of Bimini, a former industrial sand extraction site to be returned to its original condition by November 2018.
It will then be named Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve and will be kept for the exclusive use of MSC guests.
The development is part of a €9 billion investment plan by the cruise operator, which is also building 11 next-generation smart ships due to come into service between 2017 and 2026.
“Working in partnership with the government of the Bahamas, our aim is to turn an industrial wasteland into a thriving environment for man and nature alike, bringing the island and its surrounding waters back to their original state,” MSC Cruises’ executive chairman Pierfrancesco Vago said.
“A purpose-built berth and pier will allow our cruise ships to dock directly at Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve. Thus the island will de facto become an extension of the ship.”
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