EBI and The SeaCleaners organise webinar on harnessing the potential of recreational boating against marine litter 

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.

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. To register, please click here.