Belgian and Spanish students study intermodal logistics with 2E3S

Between the 20th and the 23rd of February, a group of 65 students participated in a MOST Management course organized by the Escola Europea de Short Sea Shipping (2E3S). The group comprised 25 students from the Abat Oliba CEU University of Barcelona and 40 students from the Artevelde University College of Gent (Belgium). The course, which focused on intermodal logistics, short sea shipping services and the motorways of the sea, was taught in English. It provided ample opportunities for the students to interact, compare the knowledge from their countries, and share their points of view of the sector as a whole.

On the 20th, the group embarked on the course-workshop on board of a Grimaldi RO-PAX vessel on the short sea shipping route between Barcelona and Civitavecchia (Port of Rome). The teaching staff included Eduard Rodés (Director of 2E3S), Andrea Campagna (Italian Consultant in transport and logistics), Antonio Vargas (Ex-Director General of Grimaldi Logistica España) and Marta Miquel (Responsible for Educational Resources, External Relations & Training of 2E3S). Over four days, the professors introduced the concept of co-modality, presented the tools required to calculate the benefits and savings to be gained from the use of the motorways of the sea, explained the concept of e-Maritime to improve the efficiency and reliability of intermodal transport and operations, and presented the European policy on transport.

The group also had the opportunity to discover the facilities and infrastructures of the Port of Barcelona through a maritime visit, helping them understand the operational aspects of different port terminals in one of the principal ports of Europe. The workshops organised throughout the course also clarified ship loading procedures and demonstrated the organization and operations of a Ro-Pax vessel. Aside from the lectures and the workshops, the students were required to complete a case study to successfully complete the training.