In 2017, Finland celebrated its 100th year as an independent nation. Commemoration of this anniversary took many forms across the country, from New Year’s Day throughout the entire year to the official Finnish Independence Day celebrations in December.
As part of the festivities, Finland’s largest companies set about providing the country with a range of momentous and symbolic gifts, and Wärtsilä was no exception. Having selected the centennial theme of ‘The future of the seas’ as one that captured the company’s key priorities of technology, the environment and digitalisation, Wärtsilä began a long-term cooperation with the Seabin Project, sponsoring both the city and port of Helsinki’s involvement with the programme.
A cleaner marina
The Wärtsilä – Seabin partnership aims at dynamic and versatile actions using Wärtsilä’s experience, established technologies, and know-how in environmental product development. This initiative hinges on a unique innovation that has captured the public’s imagination, and drawn much welcome attention to one of the most important environmental issues currently faced.
The Seabin is a floating rubbish bin that sits in the water at marinas, docks, yacht clubs and commercial ports, where it collects all floating rubbish. Water is sucked in from the surface and passed through the catch bag inside the Seabin. The water is then pumped back into the marina, leaving litter and debris trapped in the catch bag to be disposed of properly.
The Seabin also has the potential to collect some of the floating oils and pollutants in the water. The Seabin Project's team currently uses 12-volt submersible water pumps that can utilise alternative and clean energy sources. These may include solar, wave or wind power, depending on the location and available technology.
As a Global Pilot Partner for the initiative, Wärtsilä was among the first to have Seabins put into operation, purchasing and installing units in the ports of Helsinki, Turku and Vaasa.