LAU Trireme Sailing


Imagine how, thousands of years ago, the Phoenicians plied the Mediterranean on their signature ships, called triremes. Imagine building a trireme entirely out of used plastic bottles. Now, imagine seeing this ship sail from Byblos, the famous Phoenician port, following the historical shoreline route all the way to Beirut. 

This unique upcycling project is being undertaken by LAU in partnership with the nongovernmental organization Chreek and the support of municipalities, businesses, NGOs, community groups and schools from  across Lebanon. Also participating in the initiative are malls, hotels and restaurants from across the country.

Highlights of this initiative:

  • Celebrating Lebanon’s heritage
  • Raising awareness on the environment and the importance of recycling and upcycling
  • Raising our children with a sense of belonging and enhancing community relations
  • Placing Lebanon on the map by constructing the biggest Phoenician ship ever built out of bottles

A launching ceremony will take place at Byblos Port at 10 a.m. on May 20. Upon arrival, the ship will be displayed in Beirut.

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