Last Thursday, 29th of September, the Escola Europea de Short Sea Shipping (2E3S.eu) held a Gala Dinner at the Maritime Museum of Barcelona to celebrate its tenth anniversary. The event, organised in the framework of the European Shortsea Conference, gathered more than 250 people, including participants of the conference, partners and teachers of the Escola, key opinion leaders of the maritime sector of Europe as well as Escola ex-alumni. This celebration was crucial for the Escola as it reaffirmed its role as a benchmark for training and consultancy within the sector in Europe.
The event kicked off with a speech delivered by Eduard Rodés, Escola’s Director, who reviewed the ten years’ history of the centre and thanked all those who helped with its creation and growth: founders, collaborators and training centres. He also highlighted the importance of the values that define and guide the Escola. José Llorca, President of Ports of Spain, congratulated the Escola’s effort to promote the Motorways of the Sea and intermodal transport in Spain and Europe since its foundation.
After the dinner, an award ceremony took place to acknowledge the contribution of personalities and institutions that have cooperated in the development and success of the Escola over its ten years.
The award “ARETE EXCELLENTIAM” was handed out to institutions, training centres and Shortsea Promotion Centres that contribute with their work and commitment to the development of the Escola’s courses:
- American universities: Universidad Anáhuac (México Sur) and Universidad ESAN (Perú);
- European universities: Université d’Evry Val d’Essonne (France) and University College Ghent – HoGent (Belgium);
- Spanish universities: Universidad de Oviedo, Universitat de Barcelona, Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, ILI – Universitat Abat Oliba CEU and La Salle – Universitat Ramon Llull;
- High schools: Institut Lluïsa Cura and Institut Ribera Baixa II;
- Training centres: Instituto Marítimo Español and Confederación Española de Transporte de Mercancías;
- Shortsea Promotion Centres of Spain, Portugal, Italy, France and Flanders.
The “ARETE AURUM“ was awarded to personalities who gave a decisive impetus to the Escola’s creation and development through their attitude and actions:
- José Anselmo Laranjeira: Former Director General of the European Commission Directorate General for Mobility and Transport
- Joaquim Coello: Former President of the Port of Barcelona and President of the Spanish National Association of Stevedoring Companies & Ship Agencies (ANESCO)
The event ended with Sixte Cambra’s speech, President of the Port of Barcelona and President of the Escola, who praised the work and commitment of the Escola’s staff and encouraged a wider collaboration between the members of the European Shortsea network for the development of new courses and projects.
During the event the attendees received the ODISEO book, special edition of the Escola’s magazine issued for the 10th anniversary. You can download it here: ODISEO book