Port of Cannes: anti-pollution strategy - Port de Cannes

Port of Cannes: anti-pollution strategy

2 July 2021

The Port of Cannes continuously strives to go further in its commitment to environmental protection, as illustrated in particular by having been awarded the “Clean Ports” certification in 2019. Here we focus on three recent anti-pollution measures put in place at the port.

Macro-waste capture nets designed by Pollustock

Reducing marine pollution and improving water quality is the main goal of the macro-waste capture nets designed by Pollustock. Introduced by the port and funded by CAPL (Cannes Pays de Lérins local authority), the double-walled mesh nets prevent macro-waste from the rainwater drainage system from entering the port. In fact, more than 80% of the waste that we find in the water, such as plastic, aluminium or glass, comes from sources on land. The use of these innovative nets allows us to reduce the amount of this waste and thereby improve the water quality.

The first net was installed in the fishing area in July 2020 – a world first for a port. In November, a second net was placed in front of the Marine Terminal, on the corner of the northern section of the Albert Edouard jetty with the Estérel terrace. And the rest? Several months will be required to see what types of waste are collected, at what points in the year, etc. The waste will then be analysed to identity where it came from and to limit its generation at the source.

Floating booms to deal with water pollution

To deal with water pollution, the Old Port of Cannes has also acquired floating booms. They help prevent pollution leaving the port, and stop external pollution entering.  “We have at our disposal 300 metres of boom that allow us to completely seal the port or surround the largest boats that we can accommodate,” explains Mickaël Thouvenin, head of Business Operations.

Internal awareness workshops

Depending on the type of pollution, what type of equipment should be chosen and how can it be put in place? This is what the awareness workshops created for the port employees aim to answer.  “A fortnight ago we held our first workshop with around ten employees, the goal of which was to present the different types of pollutants (petrol, gas oil, oil, etc.) that might be encountered. But also to explain the different measures that we could take to contain them, to stop the pollution at its source and then to remove it,” continues Mickaël Thouvenin.

Further sessions will be organised over the summer. What is the next step? An exercise in September that will use straw to imitate a pollutant in a predetermined area, in order to test the whole process of the alert system and time how long it takes to put in place.