Created in 2016 by French-Swiss navigator and explorer Yvan Bourgnon, the NGO The SeaCleaners offers concrete solutions against plastic pollution, both at sea and on land, through corrective and preventive missions.
An observer member of the UN Environment and supported by the Albert II of Monaco Foundation and the CCI France International network, The SeaCleaners has four missions:
- The protection of the environment with the collection of floating waste and the collection of waste on land with its teams of volunteers;
- Education and pedagogy, with the development of awareness-raising activities for the populations affected, the general public and decision-makers;
- Scientific research;
- Promotion of the transition to a circular economy.
In particular, The SeaCleaners is developing a pioneering solution for the collection and recovery of floating plastic macro-waste: the Manta, an innovative vessel equipped with an onboard plant, which will be launched in 2024.
This giant of the seas will be the first ocean-going vessel capable of collecting and treating floating ocean waste en masse before it breaks up and penetrates the marine ecosystem in the long term. A true technological challenge, the Manta will be powered by a combination of several renewable energy production technologies to minimize its carbon footprint.