From adventure to marine environmentalism, Yvan BOURGNON tells us of the urgency of cleaning the océans.
Very often during his multi-hull ocean races, he would run into unidentified floating objects. In 2015, the boat he was sailing in the Transat Jacques Vabre collided with a freight container, forcing him to pull out of the race.
Having been brutally confronted with ocean pollution during this incident but also during his round-the-world trip in a sport catamaran, Yvan Bourgnon decided to ACT.
By creating his association The SeaCleaners in 2016, dedicated to fighting ocean pollution, he devoted his skills to the construction of a revolutionary vessel, the MANTA, a plastic waste collector. To take effective action against plastic ocean pollution, the SeaCleaners set about designing a waste-collecting four-hull boat.
A genuine technological feat to create an innovative solution, it can collect, sort and compact, at sea, a large quantity of floating plastic waste.
With the Manta project, The SeaCleaners are making a commitment over and beyond just an innovative operational solution. Our vision for the preservation of the oceans is global, long-term and worldwide. It combines economic, society, human, educational and scientific perspectives in a dynamic of solidarity.
Yvan BOURGNON, Founding chairman of The SeaCleaners