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Wärtsilä-Seabin partnership against sea littering

Publication date: 2017-02-16

Tags: maritime, finland, energy, world

Wärtsilä-Seabin partnership against sea littering

The three year-long agreement, Wärtsilä's way of contributing to the Finland 100 project, will include the installation of the floating rubbish bin V5 Hybrid.

The Finnish technology group has sponsored both Helsinki city's and port involvement in the Seabin project, commemorating Finland's 100 years of independence by donating two pre-series V5 Hybrids for testing during a three month trial.

The Seabins is usual located at marinas, docks, yacht clubs, and commercial ports. Water is sucked in from the surface (flow rate of 15,000 litres/hr) and passes through the catch bag filter inside the Seabin (capturing micro plastics down to 2.0 mm in diameter), being then pumped back into the marina, leaving litter and debris trapped to be properly disposed of. The Seabin can also collect some oils and pollutants floating on the water surface.

The Seabin team is currently using 12 volt submersible water pumps (expected cost of running solely on shore power is around EUR 0.3-0.5/day), which, however, also have the option to use alternative and cleaner energy sources, be it solar, wave, or wind power, depending on the geographical location, and currently available technologies.

 "Wärtsilä is proud to join the Seabin Global Pilot Programme. As one of the marine industry's leading solutions suppliers, it is our responsibility to supply efficient products that help our customers protect the environment. Eco-actions need to take place now and everyone can play a role, corporations as well as individuals," Jaakko Eskola, President & CEO of Wärtsilä Corporation, said.

"We are excited that Wärtsilä has joined the programme and even more proud that they are sponsoring an entire city with Seabins. We expect to see some amazing and dynamic collaborations in the very near future with Wärtsilä to further develop the technology, and to get the Seabins off the dock and into the waters," Pete Ceglinski, Co-founder and Managing Director at Seabin Project, added.

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