A project of the magnitude of HERCULES-C is only possible through the active involvement of all actors in the area of marine engines: manufacturers, suppliers, research organisations, end-users.

The map below shows the geographic spread of the 25 participating organisations of the HERCULES-C Project. It is obvious that this project has mobilised a multitude of Organisations throughout Europe.


Figure 1: Europe map with HERCULES-C participating organisations sites
Europe map with HERCULES-C participating organisations sites


In the HERCULES-C Project there are 25 participating organisations (22 partners and 3 EXAG) from 10 countries, of which 9 are EU Member Countries (Austria, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Sweden, United Kingdom, Czech Republic), and 1 is Associated to FP7 Countries (Switzerland).

There are 12 (50%) Industrial participants, 7 (27%) Universities, 3 (11%) Research organisations, 3 User / Operator EXAG companies.

The Project is led by two major Partner groups of engine manufacturers, namely, MAN and Wärtsilä. These engine manufacturers cover together about 90% of the world's marine engine market (medium- and lowspeed engines).

The HERCULES programme is in the first time that the two engine maker Groups participate together in a project with commonly defined Research Areas. The fact that these companies are strong competitors in the same market means that each company had to independently maintain their specific development targets. However, the two groups have similar mission statements related to the responsibility towards preservation of the environment and the rational use of the earth's resources. The HERCULES programme is sustaining these common objectives.

All the other industrial partners are top companies in the global market with 30% of these industrial partners being the world's leader in their field. Of the 12 Industrial partners, 2 have never before participated in EU sponsored RTD projects (#12 and #20) and 2 are SME's (#6 and #11).

The 10 European University Laboratories and Research Institutes are renowned worldwide for research excellence in their field.

The User/Operator Shipping Companies in the EXAG group are the very large worldwide operators, Stena Rederi AB that commands more than 170 ships, Hapag Lloyd AG one of the largest container shipping lines in the world with more than 120 ships and A.P. Moller-Maersk A/S the largest container ship and supply vessel operator in the world with more than 500 ships.

The tie-up of these European world-leading Organisations and the integration of research capacities, in a project of such magnitude and long term scope, aiming at specific objectives with strategic impact of global significance, has been inconceivable in the past.


 National Technical University of Athens National Technical University of Athens Greece
Aalto-Korkeakoulusaatio  Aalto-Korkeakoulusaatio Finland
 ABB Turbo Systems AG ABB Turbo Systems AG Switzerland
 Chalmers Tekniska Hoegskola AB Chalmers Tekniska Hoegskola AB Sweden
 Danfoss IXA AS Danfoss IXA AS Denmark
     Danmarks Tekniske Universitet Danmarks Tekniske Universitet Denmark
  Engineered Performance Coatings Engineered Performance Coatings United Kingdom
 Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zürich Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zürich Switzerland
 federalmogul Federal-Mogul Burscheid GmbH Germany
 FEV GmbH FEV GmbH Germany
 FOS Faseroptische Systeme Messtechnik GmbH FOS Faseroptische Systeme Messtechnik GmbH Germany
 Gehring Technologies GmbH Gehring Technologies GmbH Germany
 Hapag Lloyd AG Hapag Lloyd AG (EXAG) Germany
 IFP Energies Nouvelles IFP Energies Nouvelles France
 Karlsruher Institut fuer Technologie Karlsruher Institut fuer Technologie Germany
 M. Jurgensen GmbH & Co KG M. Jurgensen GmbH & Co KG Germany
 A.P. Moller-Maersk A/S A.P. Moller-Maersk A/S (EXAG) Denmark
 man MAN Diesel & Turbo SE Germany
 Paul Scherrer Institut Paul Scherrer Institut Switzerland
 PBS Turbo S.R.O. Velka Bites PBS Turbo S.R.O. Velka Bites Czech Republic
 Stena Rederi AB Stena Rederi AB (EXAG) Sweden
 Technische Universitaet Graz Technische Universitaet Graz Austria
 Tehag Engineering AG Tehag Engineering AG Switzerland
 Wärtsilä Finland OY Wärtsilä Finland OY Finland
 Wärtsilä AG Wärtsilä Schweiz AG Switzerland