Wärtsilä donates first-ever Seabin in Asia to the Republic of Singapore Yacht Club
The technology group Wärtsilä is continuing its mission to bring the Seabin Project’s floating rubbish bins around the world with the installation of a Seabin at the Republic of Singapore Yacht Club (RSYC). This is the first fully-functional Seabin in Asia, and the first to be installed by Wärtsilä anywhere in the world outside of Finland. The global cooperation with the Seabin Project began in 2017 in conjunction with Finland’s centennial and now continues as part of Wärtsilä’s Future of the Seas initiative.
The Seabin, a floating rubbish bin located in the water at marinas, docks, yacht clubs and commercial ports, will collect all floating rubbish by drawing in water from the surface. The water is then pumped back into the marina, leaving litter and debris trapped in the catch bag in the Seabin to be disposed of properly. The Seabin also has the potential to collect some of the oils and pollutants floating on the water surface. The Seabins currently use low energy submersible water pumps that can utilise conventional, alternative and clean energy sources. These may include solar, wave or wind power, depending on the location and available technology.
“We are proud to be one of Seabin’s global pilot partners. We have a clear stake in the future of the marine environment. Our technologies – such as scrubbers for exhaust gas cleaning, engines that are powered by natural gas – and even digital solutions from Eniram that enable fuel efficiency – give our customers the ability to engage in green and sustainable shipping”, said Mervin Ong, Managing Director of Wärtsilä Singapore. at the launch event.
Wärtsilä also showcased the Seabin at the Singapore Yacht Show 12-15 April 2018. Pete Ceglinski, the founder and CEO of the Seabin Project was there to tell interested visitors about Seabin as well as the ocean plastics problem.
“Singapore is a leader in environmental sustainability, with a blueprint and a vision for a liveable and sustainable country, which is why it’s no surprise that this ‘garden city’ is the first in Asia to install a Seabin. We hope that this partnership between Wärtsilä and the Republic of Singapore Yacht Club inspires other organisations in the country – and in the region – to consider new innovations that do good for the environment”, Ceglinski stated.