2E3S.com Project

Timeline of the 2E3S.com Project

The 2E3S.com project has come to a close in 2008. It’s success could be felt by the many course participants and by the staff that worked on it. It’s timeline was set from October 2006 to September 2008. Below are the listed objectives and achievements of the 2E3S.eu project


The 2E3S.com project was related to maritime transport and, in particular, to Short Sea Shipping. The project, that consisted of the creation of a European School of Short Sea Shipping, led to the improvement of maritime transport services – mainly the Short Sea Shipping commercial services – by enhancing the knowledge in Short Sea Shipping – still considered for many commercial players, wrongly, as an old-fashioned mode of transport.

The New Transport initiative

The implementation of the 2E3S.com project with the creation of the European School of Short Sea Shipping allowed us to provide operators, shippers and students from universities and training centres from within the European Union with training in Short Sea Shipping, leading to the improvement of the Short Sea Shipping commercial services in Europe.

A New European Shipping knowledge

The project successfully enhanced the knowledge in Short Sea Shipping of many yound European professionals, and thus promoted the modal shift of freight from road to maritime transport by tackling some of the main obstacles that impede the further development of the modal shift from road to Short Sea Shipping – the lack of confidence in Short Sea Sipping by the commercial operators and the consideration of Short Sea Shipping as a non reliable and old-fashioned mode of transport.

An Innovative Approach

2E3S.com project has been a very innovative project for the following reasons:

  • 2E3S.com courses were carried out on Short Sea Shipping routes, on the vessels that operate the services. The courses provided a unique opportunity to discover a long-range logistical resource first-hand. By carrying the courses out on the vessels that provide the services, the participants’ perception could not have been more direct and real.
  • The project, the first of its kind in Europe, has been implemented by a sound and important consortium which consisted of the Port Authorities from both ends of the SSS services (Barcelona, Civitavecchia and Genoa), along with the companies that provided the services (Grimaldi Group and Grandi Navi Veloci). The participation of some of the most important Port Authorities of the Mediterranean Sea along with two of the major shipping lines that operate in the Mediterranean demonstrated the firm potential and commitment of this initiative.
  • 2E3S.com courses have been be highly personalised; the project envisaged three different courses in maritime logistics according to the participants’ profile: GLOSS (for operators and transport users), AVTORITAS (for postgraduate and international trade courses students) and NUMINA (initiation course on maritime logistics).
  • For the AVTORITAS courses, the attendance to the courses counted as a subject or as a part of a subject and were credited in the training plan. This innovative approach was already implemented for the pilot of the AVTORITAS course that took place in 2005 with students of the University of Oviedo. The attendance to the course was equivalent to one credit. For the NVMINA courses, the consortium will intend to achieve the same.
  • The participation to the courses generateed direct business opportunities for the participants. During the pilot GLOSS courses (October 2004 and October 2005), some of the participants (mainly logistics operators) concluded agreements with the shipping line or with other participants.
  • Participants coming from the targeted Members States of the project (apart from Spain and Italy) France, Portugal, The Netherlands, Belgium, United Kingdom, Ireland, Germany and Greece had the option of being reimbursed with a 50% of the plane ticket to Barcelona with a maximum of 125� per participant. Thus, the distance from the participants’ countries to Barcelona will not be a discriminatory factor when attending the courses.

Environmental and Social benefits of the 2E3S.com project

By enhancing the knowledge of logistics operators about Short Sea Shipping, the 2E3S.com project contributed to the development of Short Sea Shipping in Europe, increasing the sustainability of the European transport system, which is a priority of the European Transport Policy.

Maritime transport is, in general, less harmful to the environment per tonne or passenger carried. The modal shift from rail or road to Short Sea Shipping provides important environmental benefits such as reduced emissions and energy use and low noise levels. In this sense, the tonne-kilometre fuel consumption of short sea shipping vessels is considerably less than that of lorries. This is not only good for the environment but it also reduces overall transport costs – a consideration of growing importance at a time when an increasing number of transit countries are levying road-user tolls on heavy commercial vehicles. Moreover, by meeting capacity demands, the expand of Short Sea Shipping will require new, technologically advanced vessels and infrastructure components – a boon for the European maritime and shipbuilding industries.

Finally, by fostering the modal shift from freight from road to maritime transport, the project contributed to the reduction of the damages caused by the traffic congestion in the main European motorways.