Between the 20th and the 25th of January a delegation of the Secretariat of Ports of the Brazilian government travelled to Barcelona to participate in a course on the situation of Cabotagem in Europe. The course was organized by the Escola Europea de Short Sea Shipping as part of the wider Cabotagem project which aims to establish a diagnosis of SSS in Brazil to foster this mode of transport, including the definition of actions that promote the development of SSS in Brazil (mainly for containers and general cargo). The Escola Europea de SSS is a partner of the Cabotagem “Ponte Marítima” project led by IDOM Ingeniería y Consultoría, S.A.U.
The members of the Brazilian delegation were: Bruno de Almeida Ribeiro, Infrastructure Analyst, Department of National Transport Policy at the Brazilian Ministry of Transport; Luziel Reginaldo de Souza, Director of the Department of Water Transportation Programs, Department of Transport Management Programs at the Brazilian Ministry of Transport; Rodrigo Mendonça de Lima, Port Logistics Coordinator, Secretariat of Port Policy, SEP; and Rogério de Abreu Menescal, Superintendent of performance, development and sustainability of ANTAQ, SEP. The course was organized by IDOM and the Escola, with the help and collaboration of the Port de Barcelona, the Port of Civitavecchia, Grimaldi Lines, Portic Barcelona, DG-MOVE, INEA, and Barcelona Customs.
The week-long visit begun with a theoretical and introductory day in Barcelona during which the course was introduced, along with the introduction of the SSS offer of the Port of Barcelona and the customs situation in the port for intra- and extra- EU trade. The delegation then travelled to Brussels for one day to meet with representatives of INEA and DG-MOVE and discover the institutional aspects behind this form of trade in the European Union. From INEA, Andreas Boschen, CEF Head of Department; Jarek Kotowski, Senior Project Manager; and Sofia Papantoniadou, Project Manager, participated in the meeting. José Anselmo Laranjeira from DG-MOVE also met with the representatives of the Brazilian government. Eduard Rodés from the Escola and Luis Pérez Madriaga represented the Cabotagem project.
Upon returning to Barcelona the participants then embarked on a practical visit by learning about short sea shipping and intermodal transport on board of a Grimaldi Lines Ro-Pax vessel. Theoretical classes were accompanied by practical workshops to complement the knowledge. The course finished in Barcelona on the 25th of January, after which the delegation returned to Brazil.
The Escola Europea de Short Sea Shipping is a European training center specialised in logistics and intermodal transport. It aims to promote the development of a sustainable model of freight transport in Europe by educating the people who decide on and participate in the configuration of logistics chains. The first courses were held in 2004 and were promoted by the Port de Barcelona with the collaboration of Grimaldi Lines and the Porti di Roma e del Lazio. In 2006 the Escola was formally founded in the shape and form as it is known today by the ports of Barcelona, Rome and Genoa, as well as the shipping lines Grimaldi Lines and Grandi Navi Veloci.
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