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 Dubai Marina Yacht Club. This is one of the first fully-functional Seabins to be installed in the Middle East. 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 Wartsila driven campaign will see upwards of 35 Seabins being installed in over 25 countries. This means that every year 49 tons of marine litter or the equivalent of 10 million plastic bags will be prevented from entering our oceans just by the Wartsila Seabins alone.
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.
"Our purpose is to enable sustainable societies with smart technology. This includes cooperating with like-minded individuals and companies, like Pete Ceglinski and the Seabin Project, to develop and implement new environmental technology. We are proud to collaborate with the Dubai Marina Yacht Club to install one of the first-ever Seabins in the region in their waters," said Seppo Hautajoki, Managing Director of Wärtsilä UAE.
“The Seabin project will make a huge difference, collecting all floating rubbish, oils, fuel, debris to tackle a local problem that has global implications,” Mr. Philip Sather, Director of Operations, Dubai Marina Yacht Club, said. “We are delighted to be involved in this project that will improve the marina water quality and achieve our social responsibility goals of having a sustainable environment for the yachting community.”
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Wärtsilä in brief
Wärtsilä is a global leader in smart technologies and complete lifecycle solutions for the marine and energy markets. By emphasising sustainable innovation, total efficiency and data analytics Wärtsilä maximises the environmental and economic performance of the vessels and power plants of its customers. In 2017, Wärtsilä's net sales totalled EUR 4.9 billion with approximately 18,000 employees. The company has operations in over 200 locations in more than 80 countries around the world. Wärtsilä is listed on Nasdaq Helsinki.
Seabin in brief
Seabin and the Seabin Project are a dynamic central player in a relatively new field: macro and micro waste solutions for floating rubbish in the marine environment.
Seabin's team and technology have received worldwide attention, surprising everyone when the startup crowdfunded its capital at the beginning of 2015 and its publicity video was viewed all over the world. Seabin's vision is to eliminate the need for Seabins, and it focuses on the positive effect of technology on the marine environment. The Seabin Project's slogan is "For cleaner oceans".
About Dubai Marina Yacht Club
Dubai Marina Yacht Club, a leisure attraction under Emaar Hospitality Group, is nestled within the heart of 'new Dubai' in Dubai Marina, one of the largest of its kind waterfront developments in the region. A prestigious 5 Gold Anchor award-winning marina, it is recognised for the quality of services and facilities and is perfectly located for ease of access to sea and transport links. By day, a boaters’ haven, and by night, it assures a vibrant nightlife waterfront. For details: www.dubaimarinayachtclub.com