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EBI together with The SeaCleaners, the NGO created by sailor Yvan Bourgnon to combat plastic pollution, are holding a webinar on 19 May. It will introduce The SeaCleaners and present opportunities for boaters and the recreational boating industry to become involved in tackling marine litter.

The webinar will be an opportunity for boating industry stakeholders, including companies and boaters, to engage with the issue of marine pollution. As a beneficiary of a clean and healthy marine environment, the boating community is a natural ally in protecting seas and oceans. The webinar is held on the occasion of European Maritime Day, which provides every year an opportunity for EU citizens to engage with maritime affairs and sustainable blue growth through events across Europe.

The event will include the participation of Yvan Bourgnon, President and founder of The SeaCleaners, as well as its Technical Director Frederic Silvert, who will share technological insights of the Manta, the flagship project of The SeaCleaners. The Manta is a revolutionary vessel currently being developed, which will be powered by renewable energy. It will collect and process floating waste, capable of collecting up to 3 tonnes of debris per hour. The webinar will be moderated by Valérie Amant, Director of Communications at The SeaCleaners. Andreea Strachinescu, Head of Unit for Maritime innovation, Marine Knowledge and Investment in the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, will also present the EU’s actions against marine litter and involvement of different actors in plastic waste collection.

Following the presentations, the audience will be engaged through a Q&A session. Various opportunities for support and involvement in the The SeaCleaners’ mission will be presented to participants in this practical and interactive webinar.

The webinar is the first activity organised in the framework of the collaboration between The SeaCleaners and European Boating Industry, which was formalised through a Memorandum of Understanding in January 2021.

The webinar will take place on 19 May, 11:00 – 12:00 and is open to all. To register, please click here.

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Brussels, 19 March 2021 - European Boating Industry, representing the recreational boating sector in Europe, and The SeaCleaners, the NGO created by sailor Yvan Bourgnon to combat plastic pollution, are holding a webinar on 19 May. It will introduce The SeaCleaners and present opportunities for boaters and the recreational boating industry to become involved in tackling marine litter.

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The webinar will be an opportunity for boating industry stakeholders, including companies and boaters, to engage with the issue of marine pollution. As a beneficiary of a clean and healthy marine environment, the boating community is a natural ally in protecting seas and oceans. The webinar is held on the occasion of European Maritime Day, which provides every year an opportunity for EU citizens to engage with maritime affairs and sustainable blue growth through events across Europe.

The event will include the participation of Yvan Bourgnon, President and founder of The SeaCleaners, as well as its Technical Director Frederic Silvert, who will share technological insights of the Manta, the flagship project of The SeaCleaners. The Manta is a revolutionary vessel currently being developed, which will be powered by renewable energy. It will collect and process floating waste, capable of collecting up to 3 tonnes of debris per hour. The webinar will be moderated by Valérie Amant, Director of Communications at The SeaCleaners. Andreea Strachinescu, Head of Unit for Maritime innovation, Marine Knowledge and Investment in the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, will also present the EU’s actions against marine litter and involvement of different actors in plastic waste collection.

Following the presentations, the audience will be engaged through a Q&A session. Various opportunities for support and involvement in the The SeaCleaners’ mission will be presented to participants in this practical and interactive webinar.

The webinar is the first activity organised in the framework of the collaboration between The SeaCleaners and European Boating Industry, which was formalised through a Memorandum of Understanding in January 2021.

The webinar will take place on 19 May, 11:00 – 12:00 and is open to all participants.

REGISTER HERE

 

About European Boating Industry

European Boating Industry (EBI) represents the recreational boating industry in Europe, which encompasses boatbuilders (building motorboats, sailing boats, yachts, personal watercraft, and other recreational boats), engine manufacturers, equipment manufacters, refit and maintenance companies, boat dealers and importers, marinas and yacht harbours, boat charter and rental companies, water sports rental companies, andother related companies.

EBI's members are the national associations representing the recreational boating industry, as well as a number of individual companies (sustaining members). EBI is an established stakeholder at EU level, defending and promoting the interests of its members on key issues ranging from Single Market legislation to blue growth, tourism and trade policy. In Europe, the recreational boating industry is made up of 32,000 companies (mostly SMEs) which directly employ over 280,000 people. The sector is a key contributor to tourism and to local economies in coastal and island regions, and Europe is an important exporter of recreational boating products.

More about EBI: europeanboatingindustry.eu

 

About The SeaCleaners

Created in 2016 by the French-Swiss navigator and explorer Yvan Bourgnon, the organisation offers solutions against plastic pollution through corrective and preventive actions. An Observer Member of the United Nations Environment Programme, supported by the Albert II Foundation of Monaco and the CCI France International, The SeaCleaners has four objectives:

  • Collection of floating waste at sea, coastal line and rivers as well as organisation of clean-ups on land.
  • Education and pedagogy, with the development of awareness-raising activities for the populations affected, the public and decision-makers.
  • Advancement of scientific research.
  • Transition towards circular economy based on valorisation of collected waste.

The association’s flagship project is The Manta, a revolutionary vessel showcasing The SeaCleaners’ solutions: powered by renewable energy, this giant of the seas will be the first deep-sea vessel capable of collecting and mass processing floating oceanic waste before it fragments and enters the marine ecosystem in a lastingly manner.

More about The SeaCleaners: theseacleaners.org

 

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The Manta is the flagship project of The SeaCleaners. It is a giant ship designed to collect, treat and repurpose large volumes of floating plastic debris present in highly polluted waters, along the coasts, in estuaries and in the mouths of large rivers, before it disperses and enters the marine ecosystem. After months of research and development starting in 2019, the final design of the Manta has finally been unveiled. Its construction will start in 2022, while its first field mission will be launched in 2024.

The ship will be 56.5 metres long, 26 metres wide (46 metres wide with outriggers) and 62 meters high, and will weigh 1800 tonnes. It will operate autonomously 75% of the time without fossil fuels, through 1500 square metres of sails installed on automated rigging, together with an electrical motor powered by on-board renewable energy production equipment (two wind turbines, hydro-generators and photovoltaic solar panels).

Operating mainly in Asia, Africa and South America, it will collect between 5 000 and 10 000 tonnes of debris per year, at a rate of 1 to 3 tonnes per hour, including macro-waste and smaller debris from 10 millimetres upwards. It will include four different collection methods: inclined conveyor belts under the ship, two small decontamination boats embarked on-board the Manta (the Mobula 8 and the Mobula 10), three floatable collection systems, and two cranes for larger debris. When collected, waste will be manually sorted according to its material. While metal, glass and aluminium waste will be stored for recycling in onshore waste management plants, plastic waste will be converted into electricity through pyrolysis in the Manta’s on-board repurposing plant.

In addition to its collection activities, the Manta will disseminate solutions for plastic waste management and clean shipping in the countries it visits, it will receive the public aboard for awareness and educational purposes, and it will host international scientific missions thanks to its on-board research facilities.

The Manta will help battle the scourge of marine pollution. Every year, between 9 and 12 million tonnes of plastic pollution are dumped into the ocean, and at the current rate, the amount of plastic in the seas will triple in the next 20 years. 1.5 million animals die each year because of plastic pollution.

Learn more about the Manta through this video and through the SeaCleaners website.

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