On the 29th of February the Escola Europea de Short Sea Shipping (2E3S) re-started its railway intermodality courses with a SURCO Intermodality course. The group of 20 students came from the Polytechnic University of Catalonia studying the Executive Master’s Course in Lean Supply Chain Management, Directing Operations and Logistics. This was the first Railway intermodality course in 2016.
The lectures focused on transport and railway logistics, covering the rail-maritime infrastructures and inland ports, the documentation, contracting and information necessary for rail freight transport, the environmental aspects of transport by rail, and included an explanation of real-life intermodal case studies – from VIIA and from TP Nova. The classroom hours were complemented by terrestrial visits to several port terminals – including a vehicle terminal (Autoterminal), a container terminal (BEST), the Logistics Activities Zone – ZAL (Zona de Actividades de Logísticas), Can Tunis and the Control Centre for the Northwest of Spain of ADIF (Centro de Control Tráfico de la zona noroeste de Adif).
The classes were taught in Spanish by a faculty of professionals from the Spanish transport sector. These included Chelo Otero from Portic, Ignasi Pinart from Hutchison Port Holdings, José Luís Gonzalez from the Port Authority of Barcelona, Mike Shreuders from De Rijke, Ramón Adé from TP Nova, and Adriana Díaz from 2E3S.
The Escola’s SURCO courses aim to train students in railway-maritime intermodality by introducing the primary modal exchange point – the port. The lectures, accompanied by the practical visits, introduce the main themes and help the students understand the theoretical, operational and financial aspects of rail-driven intermodal transport.