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Wednesday 28 June 2023

Prince Albert II of Monaco:

"The Mediterranean must be exemplary"

The first edition of the Tour MER & MÉTIERS - Revealing the vocations of Tomorrow of the FAçade Méditerranéenne EXemplaire - FAMEX 2030 program came to an end in the Port of Nice (19-24 June), thanks to an excellent welcome from the Nice Côte d'Azur Chamber of Commerce and Industry; followed by a stopover of the LOVE THE OCEAN on Saturday 24 June in the Marina of the Yacht Club de Monaco to present this operation, as well as the OceanoScientific Expedition Mediterranean eDNA 2023 (3-27 July) and the OceanoScientific Expedition Coral Reefs 2023 (departure Thursday 21 September from the YCM to the Indian Ocean) to HSH the Sovereign Prince Albert II of Monaco on the occasion of His visit to the catamaran LAGOON 570, refitted as the OceanoScientific Explorer. As He put it that evening in His opening speech of the sumptuous 70th anniversary celebration of the Yacht Club de Monaco: "The Mediterranean must be exemplary in all areas of Nature preservation, for a truly sustainable development".


On Saturday 24 June, Yvan Griboval presented the 2023-2030 major initiatives of the OceanoScientific association, which he chairs, to HSH the Sovereign Prince Albert II of Monaco, on the occasion of His visit to the LOVE THE OCEAN catamaran, in the YCM marina. Among the topics discussed was the MEDITERRANEAN OF THE FUTURE operation, to which the Principality of Monaco is committed and whose colors the LOVE THE OCEAN bears. 

Photo Mesi - Yacht Club de Monaco


Schoolchildren from three classes (elementary school - CM1-CM2) from the City of Nice were welcomed aboard the LOVE THE OCEAN to learn about the catamaran's uses, and how the natural resources of the coral reefs the catamaran will help to value could become great career opportunities as they enter adulthood. Photo OceanoScientific


Each meeting with elementary schoolchildren highlights the maturity of these children, intellectually nourished in their family circle and during their school career, but also by social networks. A majority of them explained that they follow the news on TikTok rather than on TV with their parents... Photo OceanoScientific


Since 2016, HSH the Sovereign Prince Albert II has been one of the most loyal supporters of the couple formed by Yvan Griboval, Navigator-Explorer and President of the OceanoScientific association, Member of the Yacht Club de Monaco and Cécile d'Estais-Griboval, General Delegate of the association, but also in charge of the relationship between the OceanoScientific Explorer and Earth during the OceanoScientific Expeditions. Photo Mesi - Yacht Club de Monaco


During the visit of HSH the Sovereign Prince Albert II of Monaco, Yvan and Cécile Griboval were joined by three young members of the Yacht Club de Monaco, from left to right: Nina Buhler (Switzerland), Didier Schouten and Luca Marchiando. Photo Mesi - Yacht Club de Monaco

Wednesday 21 June 2023

Ecological transition in Yachting 

During the stopover in the port of La Grande Motte of the Tour MER & MÉTIERS - Revealing the vocation of Tomorrow of the FAçade Méditerranéenne EXemplaire - FAMEX 2030 program, a round-table discussion was held on board the catamaran LOVE THE OCEAN. Around Yvan Griboval (President of the OceanoScientific association), Xavier Desmarest (Co-founder of the Grand Large Yachting group - Outremer and Gunboat shipyards based in La Grande-Motte) and Éric Mabo (Deputy General Delegate of the Fédération des Industries Nautiques - FIN in charge of the Mediterranean, Employment and Training) discussed two major themes: "How to produce pleasure boats with recyclable materials" (Axis 2 of FAMEX 2030); "Faced with the shortage of personnel in the French nautical industry, how to encourage young people to enter the yachting industry". Then the catamaran LAGOON 570, refitted as an OceanoScientific Explorer, continued the Tour MER & MÉTIERS - FAMEX 2030, heading for the port of Nice, where it is docked from Sunday June 18 to Saturday June 24.

"To reduce the carbon footprint of manufacturing", explains Xavier Desmarest, "one of the subjects we found interesting to study, with the help of the Occitanie Region as part of the BIOBAT project, is replacing fiberglass with natural, biosourced fibers: hemp, bamboo, flax. We took on a major challenge for Roland Jourdain by building an Outremer 5X catamaran (60 ft) called We Explore, half of which is made from flax fibers. It proved its qualities by finishing second in its class in the recent Route du Rhum. We are now using it as a platform to develop new low-tech solutions, which we will ultimately adapt to ocean-going boats, which account for the bulk of our group's production".


"However, when it comes to resins, there's a blocking factor. The marine industry doesn't represent a big market for the few major international resin manufacturers, compared with other industrial sectors. Today, this is an obstacle. But the ecological transition is underway. We're confident that we'll be able to come up with increasingly sustainable, environmentally friendly solutions".


Éric Mabo adds: "The nautical industry has long been committed to the environmental transition. Before talking about construction, we should point out that in France we have APER, Europe's leading yacht dismantling industry, organized since 2019 in consultation with the manufacturers in our Federation. In this spirit, we have developed partnerships, particularly with the Office Français de la Biodiversité (OFB), to raise yachtsmen's awareness of the responsibility of their actions to respect the maritime environment, particularly in the Mediterranean with the posidonia issue".


Éric Mabo continues: "There are, of course, individual initiatives, such as the collaboration between Beneteau Group and the chemist Arkema to develop the recyclable thermoplastic resin "Elium" to make composites recyclable. Other initiatives exist on this theme, such as those of Windelo or Fountaine Pajot, for example".


Of course, the subject of innovation in yacht production also raises the question of the type of skills needed by shipyards, and therefore, more generally, employment and training.


"Yes, there are new professions emerging", says Xavier Desmarest, "particularly in data analysis, but that's just the tip of the iceberg. Our challenge today is to recruit in the core skills of our business. The entire industry is concerned, and we're finding it hard to recruit anywhere in France. For example, at our production site of La Grande-Motte, we now have 55 job vacancies to fill: 40 in production, mainly in composites, joinery, electricity, plumbing and deck fittings; 15 in support functions. The key question is: How can we attract young people to these exciting professions, which have a lot going for them and are more attractive than many other jobs in industry? We need to promote our traditional professions more effectively".


Training seems to be at the heart of the employment and recruitment issue, but Xavier Desmarest qualifies this: "There are initial training courses that are satisfactory, but there are also people with initial professional experience who need to be accompanied towards new types of jobs. This is what we are developing in partnership with Pôle emploi, to create bridges from various professions to our own. In fact, we're pulling out all the stops to find solutions for recruiting, aided and abetted by all the solutions implemented in France, including work-study contracts. We are also committed to ensuring that once our employees are hired, they stay and flourish. This is achieved through induction courses, mentoring, training and quality of working life surveys".


Drawing on the experience acquired by the Fédération des Industries Nautiques, Éric Mabo adds: "The most important thing is to consider, company by company, what will make a young person want to join a yachting company rather than another sector. Yet, young people as a whole have three priorities: That my job makes sense. In other words: That what I do is useful. The second priority: Do I share the company's values? Environmental values, societal values. This is the "Employer Brand" concept. Third: What's in it for me? Interests in terms of personal fulfillment, working conditions and remuneration".


"It is these notions of attractiveness and loyalty that are essential for attracting young people and promoting the development of companies in the nautical industry", agreed Éric Mabo and Xavier Desmarest to conclude this round-table discussion.


As part of the stopover in the port of La Grande Motte of the catamaran LOVE THE OCEAN, the OceanoScientific association organized a round-table discussion on board between Xavier Desmarest (Grand Large Yachting / left)

and Éric Mabo (Fédération des Industries Nautiques / right), moderated by Yvan Griboval (OceanoScientific). 

On the agenda: carbon-free yachting and employment. Photo OceanoScientific


Focused since its creation in January 2011 on raising awareness among elementary schoolchildren (CM1 - CM2)

of the wonders of the Ocean, and the need to respect and love it, OceanoScientific welcomed on board two classes (CM1)

from the André Malraux school in La Grande Motte, with the presence of Stéphan Rossignol, Mayor of La Grande Motte,

who is deeply committed to preserving nature, and in particular Mediterranean sea turtles. Photo OceanoScientific


Based on the principle that the strongest vocations are born early, Yvan Griboval passed on his passion to the children

of the Sailing School at the Yacht Club de La Grande Motte, hoping to see them realize their dreams as young racers. 

Photo OceanoScientific


As soon as the catamaran LOVE THE OCEAN docked in the port of Nice, Marieke Schultz and Amandine Avouac (UMR MARBEC - University of Montpellier) - from left to right on the back of the professional Vanguard semi-rigid inflatable motorized by Suzuki - began collecting eDNA in the harbor, as part of the BioDivMed Mission 2023 

initiated by the Agence de l'eau Rhône Méditerranée Corse. Photo OceanoScientific

Wednesday 14 June 2023

Encouraging the vocations of Tomorrow

While the catamaran LAGOON 570 LOVE THE OCEAN, property of the OceanoScientific association, is currently docked at the Port of La Grande Motte as part of the Tour MER & MÉTIERS - Revealing the vocations of Tomorrow of the program FAçade Méditerranéenne EXemplaire - FAMEX 2030, it's worth taking a look back at the Marseille stopover, from June 5 to 10, as two events were particularly successful: a double conference at the Marseille campus of the École Nationale Supérieure Maritime (ENSM), and a donation of scuba-diving equipment to the association Septentrion Environnement to enable young people to discover the wonders of the Silent World around Marseille... in the hope of inspiring vocations to create and develop new professions in the Blue Economy.

Next stopover: Nice from Monday 19 to Saturday 24 June  


On the occasion of the catamaran LOVE THE OCEAN’s stopover in Marseille, the OceanoScientific association offered

Septentrion Environnement a set of scuba-diving equipment to make it easier for young people to discover the seabed. Pictured here are the students from the first and second year of high school in the sports section of the EPL Valabre Campus Nature Provence of the Lycée des Calanques, supervised by Olivier Bianchimani, Founder-Director of Septentrion Environnement, and Carla Di Santo, Diving Manager. Photo Septentrion Environnement


In the amphitheater of the ENSM Marseille’s Campus, Jérémie Lagarrigue, founder and director of the French company EODev - world leader in its field after just three years in business! – encountered a great success with the students, as he spoke

of the "thousands of jobs" currently opening up to young people thanks to the development of hydrogen use

in maritime mobility (Axis 2 of the FAMEX 2030 program). Photo OceanoScientific


Christian Dumard, internationally renowned for the quality of his routing for record-breaking ocean sailing competitions,

gave students of the ENSM engineering program a presentation on routing for commercial sailing, and in particular

for complex maritime convoys, whether it is a question of saving fuel and reducing CO2 and fine particle emissions,

or enhancing safety by taking maritime routes less exposed to the assaults of wind and waves. Photo OceanoScientific

Tuesday 6 June 2023 - La Marseillaise


Wednesday 7 June 2023

From Marseille to La Grande Motte

Following the stopovers in Toulon (May 22 - 27) and Marseille (June 5-10) of the Tour MER & MÉTIERS - Revealing the vocations of Tomorrow of the program FAçade Méditerranéenne EXemplaire - FAMEX 2030, the LAGOON 570 LOVE THE OCEAN catamaran, property of the OceanoScientific association and totem base of this initiative of the Campus des Métiers et Qualifications d'excellence (CMQe) "Économie de la Mer" of the University of Toulon, will be welcomed in the municipal port of La Grande Motte on Monday afternoon, 12 June, for a five-day stay until Saturday 17 June.


Monday 5 June, the catamaran LOVE THE OCEAN entered Marseille's Vieux-Port alongside the Mucem,

the Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilization, which is celebrating its tenth anniversary with an exceptional program from the June 2, 2023 to the June 2, 2024. Photo Jocelyn Florent - OceanoScientific

The program of the OceanoScientific team is particularly busy in the port of La Grande Motte:


Tuesday 13 June, a navigation is scheduled with David Mouillot (UMR MARBECUniversity of Montpellier) and Pierre Boissery (Agence de l'eau Rhône Méditerranée Corse) to collect environmental DNA (eDNA) samples off La Grande Motte as part of the BioDivMed Mission 2023, using the professional Vanguard semi-rigid inflatable motorized by Suzuki, specially equipped for these innovative operations.


Wednesday 14 June, operations with young people from the Yacht Club of La Grande Motte will be carried out to raise awareness of Ocean preservation among this young captive audience. Yvan Griboval will be showing extracts from the film about his around-the-world solo circumnavigation to carry out the OceanoScientific Expedition 2016-2017, the first oceanographic sailing campaign without CO2 emission to collect physicochemical data at the Air-Sea interface below the 40th South and the three major continental capes: Good Hope, Leeuwin and Cape Horn.


Thursday 15 June, a round-table discussion filmed for the Tour MER & MÉTIERS - FAMEX 2030 video report will be held on board the catamaran LOVE THE OCEAN. Hosted by Yvan Griboval and a journalist from Midi Libre, Xavier Desmarest (Co-founder of the Grand Large Yachting  - Outremer and Gunboat Shipyards based in La Grande-Motte) and Éric Mabo (Deputy General Delegate of the Fédération des Industries Nautiques - FIN in charge of the Mediterranean, Employment and Training) will discuss two major themes: "How to produce pleasure boats with recyclable materials?" (Axis 2 of FAMEX 2030) & "Why such a shortage of personnel in the French marine industry?" and its corollary: "How to encourage young people to enter the yachting industry?". On this occasion, Éric Mabo will present the new website launched by FIN, dedicated to the industry's trades and training:


Friday 16 June, the crew of the catamaran LOVE THE OCEAN will welcome schoolchildren from the CM1 classes of the André Malraux Primary School to support the OceanoScientific Expedition 2023 (November) to the Eparses Islands, and receive the weekly logbook (Texts - Photos - Videos) when they are in CM2 at the start of the new school year, based on the principle that vocations born early can last a lifetime...

Next stopover: Nice from Monday 19 to Saturday 24 June


Opposite the City Hall, in Marseille's Vieux-Port and under the protection of the Bonne Mère, the catamaran LOVE THE OCEAN serves as ambassador to the Tour MER & MÉTIERS - Revealing the vocations of Tomorrow of the FAMEX 2030. 

Photo OceanoScientific

Wednesday 31 May 2023

Heading for Marseille

Following the successful stopover in Toulon (May 22 - 27) as part of the Tour MER & MÉTIERS – Revealing the vocations of Tomorrow, of the program FAçade Méditerranéenne EXemplaire - FAMEX 2030, the Marseille stopover is scheduled from Monday June 5 to Saturday June 10, including the World Oceans Day on Thursday June 8. The catamaran LAGOON 570, refitted as the OceanoScientific Explorer LOVE THE OCEAN, property of the OceanoScientific association and the totem base for this initiative of the Campus des Métiers et Qualifications d'excellence (CMQe) "Économie de la Mer" of the University of Toulon will arrive on Monday June 5 at around 4:00 pm in Marseille's Vieux-Port, at the pontoon opposite the town hall.

On the occasion of the first stopover of the FAMEX 2030 program (May 22 - 27), while the associations La Touline and CINav welcomed a large number of people including students in the Palais des Congrès Neptune in Toulon, Justine Camus, coordinator of the stopovers of the Tour MER & MÉTIERS within the OceanoScientific association, received port agents from the Rade of Toulon on board LOVE THE OCEAN.

On the agenda: the evolution of ship propulsion systems towards low-carbon maritime mobility for clean ports. Exactly the theme of the second priority axis of the FAçade Méditerranéenne EXemplaire - FAMEX 2030 program.


This will also be the theme addressed in the amphitheater of the Marseille branch of the École Nationale Supérieure Maritime (ENSM), on Thursday June 8, as part of World Oceans Day. Indeed, from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m., no less than 130 third-year engineering students will be introduced to two major innovations designed to reduce the carbon impact of ships:


- Routing to take advantage of downwind and currents conditions to reduce fuel consumption, presented by Christian Dumard, a renowned router of Ocean races and racers;

- The use of hydrogen for ship propulsion, presented by Jérémie Lagarrigue, one of France's leading specialists in this field for over ten years, and Managing Director of EODev - Energy Observer Developments.


In addition, on the same Thursday of celebration of the Ocean, at the other end of Marseille, the spotlight will be on middle and high school students enrolled in the Brevet d'Initiation à la Mer (BIMer) run by the French Ministry of Education. They will visit the Grand Port Maritime de Marseille by boat and one of the CORSICA linea ferry. The results of the BIMer 2023 will be announced under the authority of Bernard Beignier, Recteur of the academic region Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur. These actions are led by the associations: La Touline and Campus national des industries de la mer (CINav), both members of the FAMEX 2030 consortium.


At the start of the week, La Touline - which has its head office in Brest and local offices in Marseille, La Seyne-sur-Mer, Nantes and Lorient - will also be organizing ExploriMer meetings for jobseekers and young people, with the presence of Anaïs Diméglio, an archaeologist from the French Department of Subaquatic and Underwater Archaeological Research (DRASSM), and Lucie Fournier, a merchant navy officer, to talk about their professional experiences. A marine biodiversity forum and a forum dedicated to the use of wind: from boating to offshore wind power, generating jobs for the future, will complete the program. These events will take place at La Cité des Métiers de Marseille et de Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur (4 rue des Consuls, Marseille 2e, France). Once again, La Touline will illustrate its vocation as a "Social link for the Sea Trades".


Starting on Saturday June 10, Yvan Griboval, President of OceanoScientific and Director of the eponymous expeditions, will begin the BioDivMed Mission 2023 to collect environmental DNA samples at 54 stations, each two kilometers long, between Menton (Italian border) and Cerbère (Spanish border), using the professional Vanguard semi-rigid inflatable motorized by Suzuki, according to procedures defined by David Mouillot (UMR MARBEC).


Justine Camus (on the left) welcomed on board LOVE THE OCEAN port agents of the Rade de Toulon, including, from left to right: Manuel Feldis, Port Agent Toulon Vieille Darse; Françoise Temam, Port Agent Darse Nord; Vanessa Pozo, Port Agent

La Seyne-sur-Mer; Lucas Mazzonetto, Port Agent Toulon Vieille Darse ; Thomas Legall, Main Harbour Master

of the Port de Toulon Darse Nord. Photo OceanoScientific

Thursday 25 May 2023 - Marine & Océans

Wednesday 24 May 2023

First stopover of the Tour MER & MÉTIERS - FAMEX 2030

Monday, May 22 at 12:30 pm the catamaran LAGOON 570 reconditioned in OceanoScientific Explorer LOVE THE OCEAN docked at the quai d'honneur in Toulon (France) for a week of stopover, opening the cycle 2023 of the Tour MER & MÉTIERS – Revealing the vocations of Tomorrow of the program FAçade Méditerranéenne EXemplaire - FAMEX 2030. This event, which is part of the actions of the fourth Investment for the Future Program (PIA4) of FRANCE 2030, is an initiative of the University of Toulon led by the Campus des Métiers et Qualifications d'excellence (CMQe) - Économie de la Mer - Région Sud based in La Seyne-sur-Mer. It is implemented by a consortium of 27 members, including the OceanoScientific association. Its stated objective is to promote the professions of the Blue Economy, whether it is positions to be filled today in a multitude of industrial and scientific sectors, or opportunities for future career paths due to the incredible diversity of professions linked to the Ocean.


It is Mrs. Clémence Mounier, Municipal Councillor delegated to the Sea representing the Mayor Josée Massi

and Mr. Philippe Buffe de Mornas, Advisor to the President of the University of Toulon, Xavier Leroux, who took the moorings of the catamaran LOVE THE OCEAN at its arrival at the quai d'honneur of Toulon (France). Photo OceanoScientific

For five days, the stopover of the FAMEX 2030's sailing totem base, the oceanographic and promotional catamaran LOVE THE OCEAN, is the occasion for numerous conferences, round tables and demonstrations in the Palais des Congrès Neptune in Toulon, where the major players in training for the sea trades, including the Campus national des industries de la mer (CINav) and the association La Touline, created in 1989 by sailors in a context of crisis in the Navy of Commerce and Fishing. Out of solidarity, the seafarers who founded this association in Brest shared their professional networks and experience to help other seafarers find a place on board. Renowned for the efficiency of its actions in favor of the reconversion of maritime professionals, La Touline also develops a number of actions aimed at young people, from secondary school onwards, to motivate them to take up a career in the sea.



The two major axes of the FAMEX 2030 program are:


AXIS 1 - Fishing & Aquaculture for a sustainable food system, to facilitate the training and awareness of the actors on their sites of exercise to the changes of the professional practices induced by the climate change, for a sustainable fishing for the benefit of the consumer. 


AXIS 2 – Decarbonized marine mobility & Clean ports, to anticipate the skills needed for the transformation (refit) and hybridization of ships in service, while anticipating the implementation of training programs compatible with the use of new propulsion energies. All fleets, without exception, are therefore concerned: large tonnage vessels, pleasure yachts, fishing boats, boaters' units, and even dinghies and drones.


Beyond these two major objectives, the purpose of FAMEX 2030 - half of which if financed by the Caisse des Dépôts et Consignations - Banque des Territoires and the Région Sud, is to highlight that the Ocean is a powerful vector of economic development, a fantastic provider of jobs of all kinds.

Next stopover: Marseille from Monday 5 to Saturday 10 June


The stopover in Toulon of the catamaran LOVE THE OCEAN of the OceanoScientific association was the occasion to embark the Vanguard semi-rigid inflatable motorized by Suzuki; two partners joined together to support the success

of the OceanoScientific Expeditions 2023-2030. Photo OceanoScientific

Tuesday 23 May 2023 - Var Matin

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