In 2050, we will have one piece of plastic for one fish !
8 million tons of plastic are dumped annually in the oceans, mainly by coastal communities worldwide. It is clear that we must act upstream: reduce and control all plastic waste from our daily consumption and use more alternative materials.
Unfortunately the habits, customs, lack of resources and the slow pace of political decisions not to mention the population increase do not allow us to hope for a significant improvement of this scourge before way too long.
The ocean is at threat. if it die, we die (Paul Watson - Sea Shepherd).
I decide to take action to protect oceans
After my worldwide tour of sport catamaran, in which I sailed low over the water for more than 200 days, I have seen firsthand this planetary pollution, it is high time we take decisive steps.
I targeted my action on the oceans, particularly in coastal areas where plastics are still concentrated in the form of macro waste (the largest ones), relatively easy to collect.
To pursue this objective, my NGO "The Sea Cleaners" conceived a huge boat capable of collecting plastic wastes floating on the ocean. 60 meters long, 72 meters wide and a waste collector inspired by the whales baleen: Let me introduce you The Manta.
Capable of collecting up to 300 cubic meters of plastic per trips, it will be able to move very quickly on the most critical areas: pollution from concentrated areas by currents, or after a natural disaster (tsunami, flood, cyclone, etc.).
I know very well that the best solution would be to stop throwing plastics in the sea, and I will fight to make this happen, with all my strength. You can trust me on this. But in the meantime and until this genuine evolution of behavior on earth happens, I suggest we all take advantage of my experience as an offshore browser to actually start bringing together a solution to this global catastrophe!
Large rivers are fueled with small streams and I am convinced that this initiative can be a real trigger that will stir awareness of everyone and help everyone feel accountable for their action.
Create an association of general interest
For this I have set up my association with "The Sea Cleaners" and designed a huge boat able to collect plastics in the ocean: The Manta.
Moving on priority pollution zones
This offshore vessel will be able to move very quickly on the most polluted zones: where wastes are highly concentrated by currents, or after a natural disaster (tsunami, floods, cyclones, etc).
A giant sailboat for greater efficiency
A vessel of a sufficient size for maximum efficiency: 60 meters long, 49 meters wide.
A Biomimetic collector
MANTA is equipped with a "collector" of plastic waste inspired by whale baleen. With a width of 72 meters once deployed. It will act as a filter, as do the Manta rays in the ocean currents.
Collecting data is essential for analysis of the phenomenon
All collections will be geotagged, monitored, and analyzed before being sent to recycling centers. The data will be formalized on board and then transmitted to the international scientific community. It will help the scientific community calibrate the first observations made offshore and other data produced by sampling in oceanic gyres.
Preventing caputre of aquatic wildlife
A unique system of sound emissions has been designed to move away fish and cetaceans in the trajectory of Manta
With a two months autonomy, its tanks can hold up to 300 m3 of plastic, sorted and compressed, for recycling or land reclamation.
A low carbon footprint propulsion system: Double classic rigging, kite wings and hybrid motors.
A professional team to make this project a reality:
Yvan Bourgnon, initiator of the project. Building on 20 years of experiments: ocean racing sailing the ORMA multihulls on the formulas 1 of the seas, and world touring in a non habitable catamaran sport has contributed as field expertise to the project. Yvan is the spokesperson and the leader of this pragmatic and ambitious project. Patrick Fabre, Founder and President of OCEANOPLASTIC, an NGO who fight against ocean plastic pollution in coastal areas. "Obsessed" by this scourge, he offer his full support to the project through his knowledge about the subject, and his organizational skills (Top french engineering school) for Coordination. Jerome VOLLET, Designer and CEO of the consulting firm ESY CONCEPT, His designer specialised in conceiving large ships, he is the man of controlled creativity. He managed a Sleek and efficient design as effective for campaigns as for navigation. Many other professionals have already joined the "core group" ... and begin to make a strong contribution in all of the project management areas (architects, engineers, artists, composite specialists, graphic designers, community manager, etc.)
For the launch of this campaign, we are pleased to have the testimony of:
The first studies were self-financed. The project is now viable and recognized by all as a true trigger to concrete results on the field. Now we need to get the project on track and take it to the water to clean the oceans.
October-December 2016 Crowdfunding Campaign Project presentation at COP22 in Marrakech and Paris Boat Show.
2017-18 In depth studies / Research patrons
2019-20 Construction of the first ship MANTA
2021 Starting the first ocean-waste collection campaign with MANTA.
This project is yours, it is together that we actually participate in the reduction of ocean plastic pollution. We team up together. I bring you my experience and ask you, if you are sensitive about it, to bring us your financial contribution to take up this great intergenerational challenge. "