Last week the Escola Europea de Short Sea Shipping – 2e3s.eu – organised a training course called “Port Operations and Intermodal Transport”, exclusive for Tunisian professionals. This was a milestone for the Escola, since it hosted a Tunisian delegation for the first time.
The seminar started on 23rd November and included some didactic sessions focused on port operations, intermodal logistics, short sea shipping and Motorways of the Sea, as well as visits to terminals and Port of Barcelona’s facilities and a trip aboard a Grimaldi Lines vessel, covering the route Barcelona – Civitavecchia (Roma). The course lasted one week altogether until 29th November.
The Tunisian participants came both from the public sector –Ministry of Transports, Mediterranean institute for maritime crafts training (IMFMM) and Ports and Merchant Marine Office (OMMP) – and the private one –All Seas Shipping Agency, International Transit SARL and Protecmar –. Thanks to this eminently practical training course, they had the chance to observe intermodal transport operations and infrastructures closely.
This training is a great achievement for the Escola. The process that led to its realization started in Tunis in 2010 during a Port of Barcelona’s commercial mission. The collaboration between the Escola and IMFMM started on 1stJune of that same year, when both parties signed an agreement where they established a cooperating mechanism to work out the following tasks: to design the training programmes (to be taught in English), to define the quality control process and procedures and to sensitize the maritime and port operators towards short sea shipping aims in the Mediterranean basin.
The Escola wants to thank the course’s sponsors –logistics company TransGlory Túnez, the Commercial Department of the Port Authority of Barcelona and EU-delegation in Tunis –, as well as the port community operators for their availability during the practical visits: Pilots Corporation, Port Police, Tugging services and APM Terminals.