The past weekend the Escola Europea de Short Sea Shipping (2E3S) organized a Motorways of the Sea Training (MOST) Management course for Spanish professionals. The course, which took place on board of the Cruise Barcelona vessel of Grimaldi Lines on the crossing between Barcelona and Civitavecchia, aimed to introduce professionals from the Spanish transport sector to short sea shipping and the motorways of the sea, compliant with the European Union’s policies on sustainability and environmental transport.
The group comprised of 38 professionals, representing both public administrations and private companies. The participants were given a unique opportunity to network and build bridges during the training, whilst discovering first-hand short sea shipping operations and learning about the European policy on transport, all the while travelling along one of the principal Motorways of the Sea in Europe. The Spanish Ports Association (Puertos del Estado), the Port of Barcelona, the Spanish Ministry for Development (Ministerio de Fomento), the Shortsea Promotion Centre Spain and the European Shortsea Network all collaborated in the organization of the training.
The course began on the 24th of October in Barcelona, in the premises of 2E3S, where the participants were greeted by the director of 2E3S, Eduard Rodés and the rest of the faculty. The classes followed, and the group boarded the vessel in the evening to begin their hands-on experience of short sea shipping operations, European logistics and the Motorways of the Sea. During the evening, a networking cocktail in the vessel premises was organized in order to let the participants know each other. After a hardworking Sunday, the participants could take a bit of a break and they could visit the city of Rome during Monday morning. The course finished during the return of the vessel to Civitavecchia on Tuesday night. The teaching staff included Ana Arévalo Commercial Manager of SSS, Port Authority of Barcelona; Alváro Rodríguez Dapena, Planning and Development Manager at the Puertos del Estado; Alberto Camarero, University professor at the Madrid Politecnic University; Antonio Vargas, General Manager of Grimaldi Logistics, Spain; Eduard Rodés, Director of 2E3S; and Adriana Díaz, Course Organisation and Quality Manager at 2E3S.
Jordi Ferrer, from Landtrans, stated that the overall experience was very positive for all involved. Alváro Dapena from the Spanish Ports (Puertos del Estado) summarised: “Very good course, as always. Once again it’s proven that what the ground separates, the sea can join.”
This was the second course aimed at professionals during the autumn term of 2E3S. Following the successful course-workshop format of the Escola, the MOST course provided an opportunity for the participants to not only gain theoretical knowledge in the subject at hand, but to foster life-long relationships with other professionals through ample networking and group-work opportunities.
These immensely practical courses aim to provide a global and international view of intermodal transport in the countries of the Mediterranean basin.