La Nuit du Shortsea by BP2S

Rooted in the COP21 context, this 5th edition of La Nuit du Shortsea organized by the Shortsea Shipping Promotion Center of France “BP2S”  took place on the 9th of December in Paris,  in the Collège des Bernardins.

This event, that gathered 170 professional key players of the maritime, multimodal transport and logistics sector, aimed to reward seven new initiatives related to shortsea, intermodality and climate. After interesting historical explanations of the hosting place and the presentation of the trophies, the attendees could network in an friendly and professional atmosphere.

BP2S awarded six “shortsea & intermodality” initiatives in the following categories: Ship-owner, Port, Port Operator, Multimodal Operator, Road Transport Operator and a special trophy: Initiative COP21. The laureates have been selected by a Grand Jury, composed of Frédéric Moncany de Saint-Aignan, President of the French Maritime Cluster, Jean-Philippe Casanova, President of the French Maritime Pilots’ Federation, Yves Fargues, President of TLF (the Union of Transport and Logistics companies), Denis Choumert, President of AUTF (The French Freight Transport Association), Eric Cabaillé, Vice-President of the ASTRE group and Jean-Marc Roué, President of BP2S.

  • Trophy Ship-owner: Flota Suardiaz for reinforcing its motorways of the sea service between Montoir and Vigo in January 2015, now completing 3 weekly departures in each direction with two Ro-Ro vessels.
  • Trophy Port: Port de Sète for developing its shortsea traffic, especially with the opening in 2014 of a line with Turkey, operated by Ekol, and its railway extension until Paris that will be ready at the end of 2015.
  • Trophy Port Operator: Marseille Manutention for investing in an operating system enabling an increase of reliability, fluidity and flexibility for shortsea operators in Mediterranean Sea.
  • Trophy Multimodal Operator: T3M for launching in February 2015 two daily railway lines from the port of Lille to the ports of Bordeaux and Toulouse, enabling a complementarity with the road and the sea.
  • Trophy Road Transport Operator: Friultrasporti for increasing the number of semi-trailers transported on vessels between Italy and Spain (12.000 in 2014, 15.000 forecasted in 2015), and thus avoided in the French roads.
  • Trophy Initiative COP21: CFT (waterway transport company) for its new self-propelled vessel concept that can load vehicles and trucks with two layers. This electric hybrid vessel enables a reduction of the polluting emissions.

And finaly « Armateurs de France » also handed over for the third year its « Blue Charter » Trophy to Brittany Ferries for the success of its ecological transition plan in 2015, possible thanks to the technical choices adapted to the operational profile of each vessel, and for its ethical approach of respect for humans and the environment.

Before the event, a quizz named « Shortsea & COP21 » has also been organized by BP2S to test the shortsea knowledge of the participants. The winners have been rewarded with a Brittany-Box Turquoise Premium sponsored by Brittany Ferries and with a 4 days training course on board of a Ro-Pax vessel on the motorways of the sea and intermodal transport sponsored by 2E3S.

Congratulations to all the winners!

Source : BP2S