April 28 the presentation of the sustainability measures that will be carried out during the celebration of the Pasaia Maritime Festival from May 26 to 29, took place at the MATER tuna fishing boat. 

The event was attended by different agents related to sustainability, as well as representatives of the institutions:

    • Izaskun Gómez mayor of Pasaia and president of the Pasaia Maritime Festival (PMF)
    • Jose Ignacio Asensio Provincial Councilor for the Environment and Hydraulic Works
    • Xabier Agote director de PMF (Pasaia Maritime Festival) and president of Albaola 
    • Ana Manzano directora  y Gema Ces miembro de dirección de CIFP BLAS DE LEZO LHII
    • Izaskun Suberbiola director of the Mater Eco-active museum boat 
    • Xabier Izkierdo professor of Electronics at the Vocational Training Center DON BOSCO and tutor of the Itsaseguzki project and Unai Carrasco, student of the Electronic Maintenance cycle and member of the group of students who have developed the project.

In the words of Izaskun Gómez, and this being the philosophy of the festival, the main objective of Pasaia Maritime Festival is the recovery, enhancement and dissemination of the maritime heritage, a legacy that is becoming one of the strategic bets of Pasaia. Likewise, another of its main objectives is to contribute to cultural, economic and social transformation. That is why the values and attributes on which the festival is based are identity, cooperation, solidarity and sustainability

This philosophy of sustainability goes beyond the environmental aspect, and as part of this we find all kinds of actions such as providing local agents with the possibility of submitting proposals to develop the Festival’s programme, or ensuring that suppliers should be as far as possible from km 0, (trying to continue with the numbers of the previous edition with 80% of the budget invested in companies in the territory), also supporting non-profit associations and NGOs in the area with a prominent space, or inviting them to be present to reference projects in the field of the sustainability. Also through more common measures such as creating infrastructures that will be reused in future editions, reducing the amount of printed material, using reusable tableware in the solidarity canteen and encouraging the use of public transport as well as the use of cycle paths, among many others.

In this context, always pursuing the aim of respecting the natural environment and minimizing as far as possible its negative impact on the environment, the Festival has counted on the collaboration, among other agents, of the Environment Department of the Provincial Council of Gipuzkoa. For this reason, Jose Ignacio Asensio, the Regional Councilor for the Environment and Hydraulic Works has explained concretely about this cooperation. 

He reminded us that the seas and rivers are essential elements of our biodiversity and, in their fully ecological function, are the main carbon sinks that help us to combat climate change. “The Department of the Environment is promoting a multitude of awareness initiatives with different agents in Gipuzkoa, and ‘Pasaia Maritime Festival’ offers us the best setting to continue promoting campaigns to raise public awareness of the need to reduce the problem of marine waste and to raise awareness of the need to safeguard clean seas“. About the collaboration, he indicated that the aim is to make it a sustainable festival and event,  “a festival in which sustainability criteria will be integrated from the conception and design of the festival activities, a festival with the smallest carbon footprint possible, a festival that generates as little waste as possible, a sustainable festival that generates a positive social and economic impact for its surroundings, without damaging the environment or, of course, without leaving anyone behind or on the sidelines“. In this line, to promote its constitution as a sustainable festival, the Environment Department will take on initiatives such as the use of ecological glasses to avoid the generation of waste.

Then the director of Pasaia Itasa Festibala, Xabir Agote, took the floor, pointing out that in addition to the sustainable DNA that is the basis of this Festival, there will also be a place on the Trintxerpe quay reserved for strategic projects and benchmarks from the point of view of sustainability, from which we will have the opportunity to learn a lot, which are Scylla, Ortze, Mater and Itsaseguzki. Before passing the word Ana Manzano, director of CIFP BLAS DE LEZO LHII of Pasaia, has dedicated a word of thanks to this training centre given the involvement and support received by the same, since among other things, the students of this centre are in charge of the essential work of the placement of the anchorages that will enable the more than 150 boats that are expected in this edition to moor in the bay of Pasaia. 


Sustainable projects present at Pasaia Itsas Festibala:

There are four projects to highlight from the point of view of environmental sustainability at sea that have been presented today at the Mater museoa:


SCYLLA is one of two ships that the French non-profit organization Wings of the Ocean employs to organize clean-up operations on the French coasts, around the Mediterranean and Atlantic, with the aim of reducing the waste that ends up in the ocean. In 2021, they organized 220 operations of this kind, collecting more than 60 tons of waste and involving 250 volunteers and reaching 3500 people. These operations are accompanied by campaigns to raise awareness about pollution in our oceans, targeting children in schools as well as locals, sailors and tourists, so that they all join a “Zero Waste” lifestyle. 

This May, Scylla begins its new mission for 2022 with the aim of 100 clean-up operations in the Atlantic Ocean. Its first stop at a maritime event will be Pasaia Maritime Festival, and from 26 to 29 May we will have the opportunity to get to know this 28-metre long vessel and also the Wings of The Ocean project. It should be noted that they have made a promise to carry out a rubbish collection operation during the next two days after the end of the Festival.


Ana Manzano, director of CIFP BLAS DE LEZO LHII in Pasaia and Gema Ces, member of the management of the same centre, have presented the ORTZE-CV project. It is an R&D project focused on developing innovative solutions of high energy efficiency to reduce the polluting emissions of coastal ships. The initiative is promoted by a Basque consortium, led by Ingeteam, with the participation of naval companies, research centers, universities and vocational training centers. The result of the project, which began in 2016, is a hybrid system that includes electric batteries and a diesel generation plant, which can be installed on high-power vessels. Thanks to this pioneering technology at a national level, the vessels will be able to fish close to the coast without emitting polluting gases or noise.

This technology has been installed in the Ortze training ship, operated by the CIFP BLAS DE LEZO LHII of Pasaia de Pasaia. In this way, it has become the first electric boat designed, developed and operated in the Basque Country, with a unique technology in the whole state. The intention is that the ship becomes a reference and allows advancing in training and research for a more efficient and sustainable maritime transport, with the aim of providing knowledge not only in electric ships but also in the whole ecosystem that is required.


The Itsas Zaindari campaign and its actions have been presented by the director of the Mater Eco-active museum, which can be summarized in three main actions:

Visits to MATER Eco-active Museum Boat  

To enjoy visiting the last great wooden Basque bonito boat turned into a great caretaker of the sea. In the different corners on board, you will discover the importance of the sea for everything, with challenges that will put the visitors to the test with the aim of taking action in its conservation. Izan ITSAS ZAINDARI! Be a caretaker of the sea!


Attention, Itsas Zaindaris (caretakers of the sea) are wanted! It will raise awareness of local sea conservation projects and challenge visitors to take part in small and large actions: participatory dynamics so that by touching and playing, participants become protagonists in caring the sea. 


A march for the care of the sea to the rhythm of the batucada so that anyone who wishes can join in and find out the latest news about the state of the sea with the monster Waste and the lady Biodiversity.


Finally, Xabier Izkierdo, Electronics teacher at the DON BOSCO Vocational Training Centre and tutor of the Itsaseguzki project, and Unai Carrasco, student of the Electronics Maintenance cycle and member of the group of students who have developed the project, presented Itsaseguzki. This prototype has been created and developed in 2 months by 6 students from the Electronics department of Don Bosco school and is nothing more and nothing less than an innovative boat capable of efficiently managing the management of renewable energies. The main novelty is that it constantly orients the solar panel, regardless of the route it takes, and thanks to this technology it is 30% more efficient in solar energy.

The ItsasEguzki project has been created and developed by students from the Don Bosco School’s electronics department. It is an innovative boat capable of efficiently handling the management of renewable energies. The main innovation is that it constantly orientates the solar panel, regardless of the route it takes. Thanks to this technology, it is 30% more efficient in solar energy.

All these projects and many more will form part of the programme of the second edition of Pasaia Itsas Festibala, a unique meeting of boats that can be enjoyed in just one month. An unmissable event, therefore, from 26th to 29th May in Pasaia.