Barrus Special Products Division Wins Innovation Showcase Award at Seawork

Published on: 05/07/2018


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Pictured right to left Ben Allen and David Etherington-Smith from Barrus Marine Divisions.

The 2018 European Commercial Marine Awards winners were announced at a packed ceremony on the first evening of Seawork. 

The evening began with the announcement of the prestigious Innovation Showcase award winners. Barrus was presented with the Marine Equipment, Electronics and Materials Award for the new FourStroke Post Immersion Restart System (PIRS®) development, Capsize PIRS®.

Designed and produced by the Special Products Division, PIRS® was first introduced in the late 1970s for the RNLI and armed services and allows an outboard motor to rapidly restart after submersion by draining water from the engine. Over the years, the Special Products Division has worked on a number of new two-stroke PIRS® developments leading up to the latest GEN 2 FAST PIRS®, and the four-stroke Capsize PIRS® adaptation. 


With the combination of environmental concern, the durability of two-stroke engines and customer demand, Barrus launched the four-stroke Capsize PIRS® project in 2015 and have now developed a patented system for Mercury and Mariner four-stroke engines. Capsize PIRS® is fully automatic and integrated within the engine’s electronic control unit. The system ensures no water can enter the internals of the engine and is operated without removing the engine cover as, unlike a two-stroke engine, this can contaminate the oil and can cause serious component failure.

“We are delighted to have received the Innovation Showcase award presented at Seawork for the latest four-stroke PIRS® development,” commented David Etherington-Smith, Sales Manager for the Special Products Division, E.P. Barrus Ltd. “After the hard work that has gone into this new system, it is great to receive recognition for the technology. We are looking forward to delivering our first engines fitted with Capsize PIRS®, and seeing them out on the water,” David concluded. 

For more information on the new Capsize PIRS® and GEN 2 FAST PIRS® developments, click here 

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