French and Spanish students discover the Motorways of the Sea with 2E3S

Last weekend the Escola Europea de Short Sea Shipping (2E3S) organized a Motorways of the Sea Training (MOST) Management course in maritime and intermodal logistics. The course took place between the 28th and the 31st of May on board of a Grimaldi Lines vessel on the crossing between Barcelona and Civitavecchia (Rome).

On the 28th of May more than 60 students from the Spanish Maritime Institute and from French centers: the University of Évry Val d’Essonne and Promotrans embarked on one of the Escola’s proven courses on the Motorways of the Sea. MOST courses provide training in intermodal logistics, short sea shipping services, the Motorways of the Sea, as well as the European Union’s environmental policies on transport. The eminently practical approach focuses on bringing short sea shipping operations to life by taking place on board of a Ro-Pax vessels travelling along one of the main motorways of the sea in Europe. The students were given the opportunity to participate in workshops, practical visits to the vessel, debates and work in groups with their counterparts. A trip to the eternal city of Rome was also made optional, as the group had some free time during the resting time of the vessel.

The course was promoted by the Port of Barcelona, Grimaldi Lines and Porto di Roma e Lazio. This edition of the MOST course was carried out in English, and taught by professionals of the French and Spanish sectors: Xavier Lluch, consultant specialized in the sector and regular teacher of the Escola; Jean-Marie Millour, Director of the French Shortsea Promotion Center; Captain Antonio Vargas, previously the managing director and currently adviser of Grimaldi Logistica España.

The end of the season is close for 2E3S, the two last courses will take place between the 4th and 7th of June and between the 16th and 19th of July.