The Escola Europea de Short Sea Shipping (2E3S) held the meeting of its Steering Committee on the 14th of April, in Genoa. The Committee comprises of representatives of the main organizations involved and responsible for establishing the strategic lines of 2E3S. During the event 2E3S’s achievements from throughout 2015 have been presented, and the goals for 2016 were set, cementing its commitment to providing a complete and international view of intermodal transport and its role as a benchmark for training and consultancy within the sector.
The Steering Committee meets once a year to discuss the strategic lines of 2E3S. Sixte Cambra, the President Escola Europea de Short Sea Shipping and of the Port de Barcelona welcomed Roberto Martinoli – President of Grandi Navi Veloci, Giovanni Pettorino – Commissario of the Port of Genoa, Pedro Arellano – Deputy Director of the Port of Barcelona, Antonio Pedevila – the Commercial Manager of Grandi Navi Veloci, Silvio Ferrando – the Marketing Manager of the Port of Genoa and Mario Massarotti – the Managing Director of Grimaldi España, who was invited as a guest, and Eduard Rodés, director of 2E3S. The meeting then proceeded going over the accounts of 2015 and to set goals and objectives for 2016.
The main things highlighted during the event were:
- In 2015, 2E3S successfully organised more than 30 courses, with more than 1.000 participants coming from Spain, Belgium, France, Italy, Portugal, Mexico, United States, Panama, Peru, Colombia, Lebanon, Egypt and Morocco amongst others. More and more participants from across the Atlantic and the Mediterranean attend the trainings in Barcelona, Genoa and Rome. This international flow helps to disseminate the European model of short sea shipping to the American and African continents.
- The first “Forma’t al Port” course took place, which aims to introduce local students to the professional environments inside the port community.
- An agreement between the University of Genoa and 2E3S was signed on the 16th of May 2015. The agreement called for the creation of a new course called “Maritime Trade and Logistics: Theory and Applications”, taught by lecturers from the University of Genoa, the ports of Genoa and Barcelona and 2E3S. The first edition took place between the 22nd and the 27th of February 2016.
- In 2015, 2E3S organized courses for professionals coming from Spain, France, Portugal, and for the first time from Italy. 2E3S is currently preparing the MOST for professionals’ editions for 2016. MOST Italy 2016 will take place from the 17th to the 20th of September, in collaboration with Assoporti, Confitarma, Rete Autostrade Mediterranee and the International Propeller Clubs.
- 2E3S celebrated the end of various European projects in which it partook. These included the OPTIMED Project, which was led by the Autonomous region of Sardinia with the participation of the ports of Sardinia (Olbia and Golfo Aranci), the University of Cagliari (CIREM) amongst other partners from the Mediterranean; and two INEA-funded projects in which 2E3S was involved; As partner in the B2MoS (Business to Motorways of the Sea) project and as project office in the CLYMA (Development of the connection LYON-MADRID on the Mediterranean corridor) Action.
- 2E3S increased its collaboration with Rete Autostrade Mediterranee which culminated with two submissions to Calls of European Projects of Training: one to the Connecting Europe Facility and the other to ERASMUS+.
2016 promises to be a very busy year, with scheduled courses for professionals in the autumn term and regular courses for university students throughout the year. 2016 also marks the tenth year of existence for 2E3S. Over the past decade, the organisation increased its influence across Europe and throughout the Mediterranean by creating new and innovative courses for students and professionals, signing new agreements with universities and training centers, and participating in European projects. A Gala Dinner will be organized on the 29th of September in the Maritime Museum of Barcelona to celebrate the event. It will be open to the public, and tickets will be available soon