Wärtsilä Sternguard In-Water Serviceable Seal shortlisted for European Marine Engineering Award

Wärtsilä Corporation, Trade press release, 10 March 2016 at 15:45 UTC+2
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The judging panel for the European Marine Engineering Awards has chosen Wärtsilä Sternguard In-Water Serviceable Seal as one of three shortlisted entries in the Auxiliary Machinery category. The winner of the award is determined by online votes combined with the judges’ selections and will be awarded on the 13 April in Amsterdam.

Wärtsilä Sternguard In-Water Serviceable Seal is an innovative new seal that can be fully serviced underwater without setting up a habitat. The product was officially launched at the end of 2015 and is the first product of its kind on the market, offering customers increased uptime and lifecycle efficiency. In addition to the inclusion of the inflatable seal that reduces the risk of environmental pollution, Wärtsilä Sternguard In-Water Serviceable Seal was also designed to be compatible with Environmentally Acceptable Lubricants (EALS).

“We are very pleased to be on the shortlist for the European Marine Engineering Award. Wärtsilä Sternguard In-Water Serviceable Seal is a ground-breaking solution that reduces costs as well as environmental risks, while increasing operational efficiency. We are confident that the voters, like the judges, will recognise its value to the ever-developing marine industry,” says Damian O’Toole, Director, Seals and Bearings from Wärtsilä.

Easy to retrofit, safe to use

Wärtsilä Sternguard In-Water Serviceable Seal can be used to retrofit any other type of seal and is available for any vessel type. Retrofit in dry dock can be carried out without removing the propeller or shaft, for regular service and maintenance it is not necessary to drain oil from the stern tube for underwater overhaul. The Wärtsilä Sternguard In-water Serviceable Seal also includes an inflatable emergency seal and inner rope guard for enhanced protection.

The European Marine Engineering Awards are organised by Riviera Maritime Media. A panel of independent judges consisting of experts in different aspects of marine engineering have chosen the entries for the shortlists for each award, and the public can vote for their favourites online at the following address: http://www.marinepropulsionconference.com/awards/auxiliary-machinery-award. The online vote is combined with the judges' selection to determine the winner. The awards are presented at a gala dinner during the European Marine Engineering Conference in Amsterdam on 13th April. (http://www.marinepropulsionconference.com/index.htm)

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Caption: Wärtsilä Sternguard In-Water Serviceable Seal

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Image courtesy of Marine Works

For further information, please contact:

Alexandra Peacock
Marketing Manager
Wärtsilä Corporation
Tel: +44 (0) 2392 400 0121

Ms Hanna Viita
Director, Marketing
Wärtsilä Corporation
Tel: +358 40 1 1755

Wärtsilä Services in brief
Wärtsilä Services creates lifecycle services for its customers, enhancing their business – whenever, wherever. We provide industry’s broadest range of services for both shipping and power generation. Our solutions range from spare parts and basic support to ensuring maximised lifetime, increased efficiency and guaranteed performance of customer’s equipment or installation – in a safe, reliable, and environmentally sustainable way.

Wärtsilä in brief
Wärtsilä is a global leader in complete lifecycle power solutions for the marine and energy markets. By emphasising technological innovation and total efficiency, Wärtsilä maximizes the environmental and economic performance of the vessels and power plants of its customers.
In 2015, Wärtsilä's net sales totalled EUR 5.0 billion with approximately 18,900 employees. The company has operations in more than 200 locations in nearly 70 countries around the world. Wärtsilä is listed on the Nasdaq Helsinki.