2E3S teaches intermodality to teachers from the southern borders of the Mediterranean

The week of 16th of February, in the framework of the ENPI-funded project Optimed, the Escola Europea de Short Sea Shipping together with the Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture of Beirut and Mount Lebanon (CCIA-BML), with the collaboration of the Port of Barcelona, Portic Barcelona, Grimaldi Lines, CILSA-ZAL, Setram, Neutral Cargo, BEST and Escola’s external experts, organised a course in short sea shipping, the motorways of the sea and e-freight. The course participants were future teachers of intermodal transport. The goal was to transmit a better understanding of the concept of co-modality as a tool for improvement in transport management, in both costs and risk, keeping in line with the environmental policy of the European Union. Through this the future teachers coming from Lebanon, Tunisia, Jordan and Egypt discovered the operations of European short sea shipping routes.

On the first day of the course a visit to the Grimaldi Terminal and a Grimaldi vessel was organised. Taking advantage of the vessel’s resting day in the Port of Barcelona, the group explored the inner workings of a successful short sea shipping vessel operating one of the busiest routes in the Mediterranean. The tour was led by M. Massaroti, the CEO of Grimaldi Spain. On the 17th of February, Manuel Galán, the head of Promotion of the Port Authority of Barcelona, gave a guided maritime tour of the port on board of the Consolat del Mar – a service operated by the Barcelona Chamber of Commerce.

The theoretical classes of the course were further accompanied by a land visit to the terminals of the Port of Barcelona on Wednesday, the 19th of February. Alberto Martínez and Daniel Vallès, from the Operations Department of Setram, introduced the different operational aspects to the course participants. The group then continued on to view the Logistics Activity Zone, accompanied by Núria Zaragoza from the Escola. Before the day was over the group also visited a consolidation centre (Neutral Cargo Logistics – introduced by David Morcillo from the Commercial Department and Cristian López, Quality Coordinator) where they learned all about groupage; a container terminal (BEST) which was presented to them by Estefanía Soler from the Projects Department; and the Border Inspection Post (BIP) where Félix González, General Manager, gave a general presentation of its activities and services.

The course finished on Friday the 20th of February, with the participants returning to their countries with a deeper knowledge of short sea shipping, intermodal transport, and the policies of the European Union. Additionally, an important advantage of this type of course lies in encouraging the participants to implement the knowledge and teaching methods applied in the course in their respective countries, therewith helping spread intermodal transport throughout the Mediterranean Sea.

About the OPTIMED project

OPTIMED is a Mediterranean project funded by the European Union in the framework of the ENPI CBC MED programme. The general objective of the project is to contribute to the strength of the connection between the ports in the Mediterranean Sea through the creation of a new form of cooperation between countries in the Latin arc of the Tyrrhenian Sea and the countries of the southern shores of the Mediterranean Sea. The specific objective is to optimize the maritime trade network between the Northern shores of the High Tyrrhenian arc and the southern-eastern shores of the Mediterranean sea, creating an innovative virtual logistics platform structured around ports strengthened as Ro-Ro hubs.

The project is implemented by a Mediterranean Consortium composed of Autonomus Region of Sardinia (Italy), lead partner of the action, University of Cagliari – C.I.R.E.M. (Italy), Authority Port of Olbia e Golfo Aranci (Italy), Association for Mediterranean Chambers of Commerce and Industry –ASCAME (Spain), the European School of Short Sea Shipping, Chamber of Commerce, Industry and agriculture of Beirut and Mount Lebanon and the Ministry of Public Works & Transport of Lebanon.