Wärtsilä Sternguard In-Water Serviceable Seal wins Dredging Innovation category at Dredging & Port Construction Innovation Awards

Wärtsilä Corporation, News, 16 November 2016 at 14:00 UTC+2

Wärtsilä Sternguard In-Water Serviceable Seal (IWSS) has won its third award. The ground-breaking seal received the award for Innovation in Dredging Equipment at the Dredging & Port Construction (DPC) Innovation Awards 2016. The new recognition comes only days after Wärtsilä Sternguard IWSS won the Technical Innovation Award at the Seatrade Maritime Awards and the Environmental Technology Award at the Ship Efficiency Awards.

The awards, which were now held for the first time, are organised by IHS Dredging & Port Construction, a prestigious trade magazine. The main ceremony and gala was held on 10 November 2016 in London. The panel of judges included industry experts, who chose the winners from among a number of high quality entries. The category of dredging equipment included software, engines, pumps & wear parts, cutter-heads and project-specific solutions. Out of ten shortlisted competitors, Wärtsilä Sternguard IWSS was considered the most innovative.

“It is a great honour to receive this recognition from the DPC Innovation Awards. We are very happy to see that the Wärtsilä Sternguard In-Water Serviceable Seal has made an impression in so many different sectors of the maritime industry. Wärtsilä is proud to provide the dredging industry with an innovative seal that can be serviced underwater to minimise overhaul downtime and costs,” says Damian O’Toole, Director, Wärtsilä Seals & Bearings.

First fully diveable seal on the market

Wärtsilä Sternguard In-Water Serviceable Seal, launched in December 2015, is a fully split, underwater serviceable seal that minimises overhaul downtime and costs. The seal has been designed to provide a smoother, faster service, as well as enhanced overall performance and endurance. The Wärtsilä Sternguard In-Water Serviceable Seal can be used to retrofit any other type of seal and is available for merchant, offshore, IWW and cruise & ferry vessel types, running on Environmentally Acceptable Lubricants (EALs) or mineral oils.

Wärtsilä’s ground-breaking seal is the first of its kind on the market and a result of extensive market research, data analysis, product development, testing and validation. It has been type-approved by the major classification societies.

Wärtsilä Sternguard In-Water Serviceable Seal wins Dredging Innovation category at Dredging & Port Construction Innovation Awards.

The Dredging & Port Construction (DPC) Innovation Awards 2016 ceremony at Marriott Grosvenor Square in London. From left:  The host of the award ceremony Mark Durden-Smith, Chris Rawlinson from Wärtsilä Seals & Bearings and Tony Slinn, Maritime consultant and Judge of the DPC awards.

For further information, please contact:

Damian O’Toole
Director, Seals & Bearings
Wärtsilä Services
Tel: +46 319 28402

Alex Peacock
Marketing Manager, Seals and Bearings
Wärtsilä Services
Tel: +44 (0)7525 814595


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 advanced technologies and complete lifecycle solutions for the marine and energy markets. By emphasising sustainable innovation and total efficiency, Wärtsilä maximises the environmental and economic performance of the vessels and power plants of its customers.
In 2015, Wärtsilä’s net sales totalled EUR 5 billion with approximately 18,800 employees. The company has operations in over 200 locations in more than 70 countries around the world. Wärtsilä is listed on Nasdaq Helsinki.