Last weekend, the Escola Europea de Short Sea Shipping (2E3S) carried out its final Motorways of the Sea Training (MOST) course of the autumn term. Organised jointly with the Shortsea Promotion Centre of Portugal, this MOST Management course focused on the Portuguese market. The group comprised 32 professionals coming from the Portuguese transport sector and students from the Escola Superior Náutica Infante D. Henrique (ENIDH). The course took place between the 12th and the 15th of December on board of a Grimaldi Lines Ro-Pax vessel on the crossing between Barcelona and Civitavecchia. Combining lectures, workshops, visits and a case study, the course trained the participants in intermodal logistics, short sea shipping services and the Motorways of the Sea in Europe, and offered them a unique opportunity to network.
The teaching staff included specialists from the Portuguese transport sector and academic experts: Isabel Moura (Executive Director of SPC Portugal), Ana Casaca (Associate Researcher of the Study Group on Logistics, Business and Port Engineering [Grupo de Estudos em Logística, Negócios e Engenharia Portuária – GELNEP] at the Federal University of Maranhão, Brasil), Antonio Vargas (Director for Grimaldi Lines, Spain) and Adriana Díaz (Projects, Knowledge & Quality Manager of 2E3S).. They introduced the participants to the concept of co-modality, gave them the tools to know the benefits and savings to be gained from the use of the motorways of the sea, explained the concept of e-Maritime to improve the efficiency and reliability of intermodal transport and operations and presented the European policy on transport. Through the eminently practical experience on board, participants were also able to observe and experience real intermodal transport operations during the trip from Spain to Italy along one of the principal Motorways of the Sea in Europe.
During the four days of the training, the participants tried to reap the most benefits from the course: enriching their professional expertise and enjoying the practical on-board format, as summarised by Carolina Conceição, ENIDH student: “I spent a very good time. The service was very pleasant and, since it was the first time I entered into a cruise, it felt like a unique and unforgettable experience!”
This course-workshop marked the end of a busy year for 2E3S with 28 courses given and more than 900 students trained coming from Spain, France, Belgium, Portugal, Italy, Mexico, Panama, Peru, Brazil…. 2016 promises to be a very busy year as well, with scheduled courses for professionals in the autumn term and regular courses for university students throughout the year. 2016 will also be an important year for 2E3S in itself, as it will mark the 10th anniversary of the institution, cementing its commitment to providing a complete and international view of intermodal transport.