FASTWATER - FAST Track to Clean and Carbon-Neutral WATERborne Transport through Gradual Introduction of Methanol Fuel

The research project FASTWATER aims to start a fast transitionary path to move waterborne transport away from fossil fuels and reduce its pollutant emissions to zero impact, through the use of methanol fuel. Methanol is a clean fuel, available in large quantities in most ports today and offers a pathway to a climate-neutral synthetic fuel produced from renewables.

  • 15 partners
  • 5 countries (Sweden, Germany, Belgium, United Kingdom, Greece)
  • Private, public and academic sectors involved
  • Budget: 6.35 million Euro, with a grant of 4.99 million Euro from the European Commission Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme
  • Project period: 2020 - 2024

The FASTWATER consortium consists of 15 partners with a strong track record on methanol projects (particularly for waterborne transport) and includes shipyards, a shipowner, engine manufacturers, an equipment supplier, a classification society, a methanol producer, a major port and research institutes. From Sweden: Lunds Universitet, ScandiNAOS, SSPA Sweden and Swedish Maritime Administration; from Germany: Balance Technology Consulting, Heinzmann GmbH & Co., and MEYER WERFT GmbH & Co.; from Belgium: Anglo Belgian Corporation, Havenbedrijf Antwerpen, Universiteit Gent, Methanol Institute, and Methanex Europe; from United Kingdom: Lloyds Register EMEA IPS;  and from Greece: National Technical University of Athens, and SOUPER TOYS SKAFI EPE.

SSPA’s role in the FASTWATER project is to lead the work on fuel logistics, standards, safety, and training in Work Package 7. SSPA will also contribute to the ship demonstration cases, and the life cycle and business assessment. SSPA’s extensive experience with alternative fuels, including methanol, and design and development of ships with a focus on energy efficiency, will be utilised to help ensure the success of the FASTWATER project. SSPA is excited to be part of the continuing development in FASTWATER towards the use of methanol as a climate neutral fuel for shipping.

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This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 860251.