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About us

ReCleanSea organization

ReCleanSea is an a non-governmental organization who’s ambition is to propose, test and operate devices to fight plastics wastes pollution. Our experience of the seas drive us towards known and simple concepts. We do consider our approach as complementary to the numerous initiatives already existing around this topic onshore or offshore. We hope that our efforts will push governments, international institutions and citizen to mobilize even stronger to limit the environmental disaster that is taking place as we speak.

The team

Thierry Thomazeau

Thierry has a 35 year experience in trawling activities. He has been fisherman for 30 years. After facing major oil spills, he founded Thomsea and developed a net to collect floating oil and plastics wastes. Thomsea’s net has been selected by the French Navy as the first line of defense to protect France coastline. Thomsea has been selling more than 300 nets for the last 14 years becoming the industry leader in that segment.

David Rapidel

David has spent many years sailing and has witnessed the deterioration of the oceans. in 2017, David gather a team of motivated industrials in order to tackle the plastic pollution issue.

David is the founder of O5 Marine, a maritime operator committed to responsible shipping. David has a 20 year experience in managing projects in the maritime environment. David holds a Marine Engineering degree complemented by an INSEAD GMP (General Management Program).

Benoît Quémar

A long time sea lover, swimmer and free diver, Benoît has always collected trash at sea and on land. He started in 1992 on vacation in Cyprus, picking up drifting plastic bags from his dingy or when snorkeling, as they were killing sea turtles within a marine park. Years later and after an intensive career between France and Canada, Benoit decides to go a step further in protecting the seas through the Puremar Challenge and by joining the ReCleanSea project.

Manfred Hackl

After joining EREMA in 1995 as Quality Manager, Manfred became Product Manager for PET recycling in 1998, with responsibility for both product development and sales in this division. More recently from 2004 to 2006 he was also Vice President of EREMA and was appointed CEO of EREMA in April 2006.

Eva Rudin

Eva is Executive Vice President of the Marine Business Line in CGG. She has over 20 years’ experience in the Oil &Gas and Automotive. Eva has a MSc in Industrial Engineering from Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden, complemented by an INSEAD GMP (General Management Program).

Vincent Juillard

Vincent is General Counsel EAME-AsiaPac for Vesuvius plc. He has over 20 years’ experience in business legal matters for various industries where the environmental constraints are key. Vincent has a Master in Business Law and Tax and a Degree in Company Law

Founding members

O5 Marine is a maritime services provider committed to influence the shipping industry towards a lower impact on the planet. O5 Marine manages ships for its clients and develop vessels with low impact on the environment.

Thomsea is a leading company in the field of designing, building and operating floating collectors of macro-plastics and oil in waters. Founded by a former fisherman, Thomsea has designed the best tools to help clean-up polluted areas after oil spills or plastic pollution at sea and in rivers.

Forerunner and leader in geosciences, CGG acquires, processes and interprets data and surveys related to geological oil reserves. We deliver our unique expertise in geoscience technology and project management through our three complementary business Divisions: Equipment, Acquisition and GGR (Geology, Geophysics & Reservoir).

EREMA is world’s number one in developing and manufacturing plastics recycling machines and system components. Founded in 1983 as a pioneer in the industry, it has built over 5000 machines in operation around the globe, which produce more than 14 million tons of plastics pellets every year.

ReCleanSea supports Puremar

Benoît Quémar, a long-time sea lover and experienced swimmer, wish to raise awareness on ocean plastic pollution in a unique way, while triggering prevention and cleaning operations on shores and at sea. The Puremar Challenge consists in towing a 3-meter wide net from Northern Corsica to Nice and Monaco in the summer of 2019.
A supporting boat will accommodate swimmers and crew during the crossing, staying at floating anchor at nights or circling to regain its last position every morning. Any use of fossil fuel in the preparation of and during the crossing will be compensated by a partner (planting trees, growing seaweed…).

Local elected officials, sports champions and VIP will occasionally join the challenge in swimming and towing the net. Several media groups will support and relay the challenge through partnerships.

On arrival at Nice and Monaco, the collected trash will be weighted and analysed in terms of origin and type of plastic, and then symbolically recycled. Special events and demonstrations will particularly take place in Corsica, Italy and continental France at the beginning and the end of the trip, involving other personalities and school children.

Read the full information on the Puremar Challenge on www.puremar.org

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