cleaning old port

An hard cleaning for the Vieux-Port of Marseille !

The major maritime actors of the Vieux-Port of Marseille have decided to take the problem of marine pollution into their own hands this Saturday, May 11th with the Operation Vieux-Port Propre. Furthermore, the CNTL (Cercle Nautique et Touristique du Lacydon), La Nautique (La Société Nautique de Marseille) and the YMC (Yatch Motor Club), emblematic nautical clubs of Marseille and partners of the Office de la Mer Marseille Provence, will be at the head of this operation. Take part in this cleaning !


Operation Vieux-Port Propre: working gathered for the Vieux-Port

Indeed, for the eighth consecutive year of the Operation Vieux-Port Propre, divers and on-dock pickers will pool their forces to try to overcome the marine pollution of the port. The cleaning will take place this Saturday, May 11th from the Quai des Ligures (under the responsibility of the CNTL) to the Quai de Rive Neuve (La Nautique), from 8:30 to 12:30.

You can participate as a diver to bring the waste to the surface, or you can be part of the shore team to evacuate it to bins. Also, gloves and coveralls will be provided by the organization, but if you join the diving team please bring your diving equipment.

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The half-day program:

  • Meeting: Saturday, May 11th, at 8:30 am at the Vieux-Port, quai de Rive Neuve.
  • 8h30/9h30: Welcome in the Clubs, team composition and briefing.
  • 10am/12pm: Pick-up (underwater) and evacuation to the bins (on land)
  • 12:30 pm: Aperitif and snack offered by the Clubs at the CNTL.

More information on the CNTL and La Nautique websites. Registration at clubs’ desks: +33 (0)4 91 59 59 82 00 (CNTL) and +33 (0)04 91 54 32 03 ext. 1 (La Nautique).


An increasingly mobilization in Marseille

Indeed, the Vieux-Port represents a key entry point to the Mediterranean Sea. This one is one of the 10 “hot spots” of biodiversity on the planet, because of the richness of its fauna and flora, but also because of its high level of endemism.

Thus, some local actors are more and more sensitive to the situation of the marine worlds around us, and they are now mobilizing. Waste pick-ups, conferences and sporting challenges are being held to raise as much awareness as possible among the general public about its environmental impact.

A little bonus: in January 2019, franceinfo created infographics on the treasures found at the bottom of the Vieux-Port (in French, but easily understandable)!

Photo credit:  Albert Dezetter – Pixabay / Ivan Herman – Flickr