Created in 2016 by renowned skipper Yvan Bourgnon, The SeaCleaners is a French-Swiss non-for-profit association whose purpose is to preserve the ocean by reducing plastic pollution. It intervenes both on land and at sea. An innovative flagship solution “The Manta” will be the first giant vessel capable of collecting and mass-treating floating ocean waste before it becomes fragmented.
An observer member of the UN Environment Programme, supported by the Albert II of Monaco Foundation, The SeaCleaners acts on 4 fronts to achieve massive plastic pollution reduction:
About Yvan Bourgnon
- The collection of floating waste and the removal of plastic litter from the oceans,
- Observation and learning through the collection of scientific data and the provision of The Manta as a platform for research and studies for scientists from all round the world,
- Education and awareness-raising campaigns to educate future generations mostly in countries impacted by oceanic plastic pollution,
- Boosting the local and circular economy, through the recycling and valorization of collected plastics as economic levers for local development.
A talented French-Swiss skipper, Yvan Bourgnon starts sailing at the age of eight with his parents for a world tour where he discovers the ocean he will never leave.
Over the course of his career, Yvan has earned an impressive record in multihull sports and also in offshore racing on the most successful boats. With his older brother, Laurent Bourgnon, he won the Transat Jacques-Vabre in 1997.
Holder of several world records, he pushes the navigation to the extreme by initiating a series of unique adventures alone, on his non-habitable catamaran, without instruments and without assistance. Achievements unanimously acclaimed around the world.
Today, with the association The SeaCleaners, of which he is President-Founder, he sets himself a new environmental challenge and wants to develop an effective and concrete solution to fight against plastic pollution in the seas: this is the Manta project.