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Wärtsilä donates first-ever Seabin in Asia to the Republic of Singapore Yacht Club

Wärtsilä Singapore
  • Local press release
10 April 2018 at 3:00 AM E. Europe Standard Time

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. 

"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 Republic of Singapore Yacht Club – the oldest yacht club in Asia – to install the first-ever Seabin in the region in their waters," says Mervin Ong, Managing Director of Wärtsilä Singapore.

“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 Balakrishnan, Commodore of the Republic of Singapore Yacht Club, says. “We are delighted to be involved in this project that will improve the marina water quality and achieve our social responsibility of having a sustainable environment for the boaters’ community, in line with the Marina Industry Association standards.”

Seabin Project's CEO Pete Ceglinski says: "Singapore is a leader in environmental sustainability, with a blueprint and a vision for a liveable and sustainable country. Early on, the correlation between a healthy environment and the quality of life was recognised here – 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."

Wärtsilä will also showcase the Seabin at the Singapore Yacht Show, to be held at ONE° 15 Marina Sentosa Cove, from 12-15 April 2018. 

Further information:

Wärtsilä 

Daryl Lim, Senior Account Manager, Contract & Project Sales Development, daryl.lim@wartsila.com, Tel: +65 8128 5910

Rosalind Yeo, Senior Executive Secretary, rosalind.yeo@wartsila.com, Tel: +65 9852 5016

Seabin Project

Pete Ceglinski, Managing Director & Founding Partner, pete@seabinproject.com, Tel: +61 467 515 880

Sascha Chapman, Project Operations Manager, sascha@seabinproject.com, Tel: +61 467 073 355

Republic of Singapore Yacht Club

Mohammad Tasrin, Marina Manager, Tel: +65 6768 9238, mohammad.tasrin@rsyc.org.sg

Caroline Ko, Marina Sales & Admin Manager, Tel: +65 6768 9234, caroline.ko@rsyc.org.sg  

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. http://www.wartsila.com/

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".  http://www.seabinproject.com/ 

Republic of Singapore Yacht Club in brief

Established in 1826, The Republic of Singapore Yacht Club (RSYC) is the oldest yacht club and members-owned club in Asia. Conveniently situated near the city, it also offers easy access to our Southern Islands boating grounds and Indonesia’s Riau Archipelago, both favourite boating destinations. The location is unrivalled, as are our service standards and security. RSYC’s marina offers modern berthing and marine support facilities both to members and visiting international yachts. Equipped with the full array of marina facilities, RSYC aims to provide the best sea sport facilities and recreational amenities for both boating enthusiasts and recreation club members. www.rsyc.org.sg 

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