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The outset and our first mobilisation

1979 - Sinking of the Gino
1979 - Sinking of the Gino

The non-profit-making association Cedre was registered at the Préfecture on 25th January 1979. The Board of Governors held its first meeting on 24th April 1979, electing its President and appointing its first Director.

At  Brest's  port,  in  offices loaned  by  the  Ministry  of  Equipment, Cedre managed in this first year a budget of 3.7 million Francs, including contributions in kind, with 18 staff on 31st December, of which 11 were seconded by the founding partners (CNEXO, IFP, French Navy, Ministry of Equipment, Maritime Affairs).

Cedre faced the accident of the Liberian oil tanker Gino, which sank on 28th April off Ushant Island (Brittany), with a cargo of 40,000 tonnes of carbon black oil