“Forma’t al Port” course trains students in intermodal maritime transport

On the 20th and 21st of Octber 42 participants from the Ribera Baixa Institute in the area of el Prat de Llobregat of Barcelona attended the third edition of the Forma’t al Port course, organized by the Escola Europea de Short Sea Shipping (2E3S). The course, organized in collaboration with the Port of Barcelona, the Fundació BCN Formació Professional and Barcelona Catalunya-Centre Logistic (BCL), gives the participants the opportunity to discover the Port of Barcelona’s infrastructures and operations, as well as the activities developed by companies and associations in its community first-hand, whilst getting in touch with concepts related to intermodal logistics, short sea shipping (SSS), the motorways of the sea (MoS) and other priorities of the European Union (EU) that focus on sustainable transportation.

On Monday afternoon the group of 39 students and 3 teachers from Ribera Baixa II visited two terminals in the port: BEST (one of the container terminals of the Port of Barcelona) and Autoterminal (for Ro-Ro traffic). The day was completed in the premises of the Port Authority of Barcelona with a presentation of the Port’s strategy for the future on intermodality and SSS, and a presentation of BCL

The course continued on Tuesday with a maritime visit of the Port, during which the various terminals and services offered by the port were explained. Presentations of the different actors of the port community followed, complementing the knowledge gained from the visit. These included a glimpse at the Associationof Customs Agentsof Barcelona, the International Freight Forwarders Association of Barcelona, the Association ofShipping Agentsof Barcelona, and the Association of Port Stevedoring Companies of Barcelona.


During the closing ceremony, the Deputy Mayor of the Area of Equality and Social Rights and Councillor for Education of the City of El Prat de Llobregat Pilar Eslada said: “The City hall of El Prat de Llobregat will do as much as it can to contribute on this initiative which ensures a strong relationship between new generations and the Port of Barcelona.”


Ms. Eslada also emphasized the importance of courses such as the Forma’t al Port, which aim to bring together students and businesses and bridge the gap between theoretical and practical knowledge made available to young professionals of today.

The contents of this course have been designed by 2E3S professionals, and they provide an excellent opportunity to create synergies between training centers and port companies and to promote successful dual training in the logistics sector. Its objective is to introduce trainees to the business world and to facilitate their learning of the real operations, thus, ensuring the creation of a well prepared future logistics community that is able to face the strategic challenge of placing Barcelona and Catalonia in the first line of logistics activities in Europe and in the world.

For more information, please contact 2E3S at formatalport@2e3s.eu.