On-board training in logistics and intermodality


Similarly, the network of trainers from several European countries provide teaching in the various languages of the participants.

The European School of Short Sea Shipping was set up jointly in 2006 by the ports of Barcelona, Rome (Civitavecchia) and Genoa, and the shipping companies Grandi Navi Veloci and Grimaldi Lines, which connect Barcelona daily with the Italian ports. The aim is to provide training in logistics and intermodal transport from a real, practical view of operations. To this end, the courses are taught on board the ships (and trains) which are the subject of the courses themselves.

On-board training

The format of the various courses organised by the School combines on-board teaching, which allows students to learn first-hand how operations are conducted in ports and aboard ships, in the shipping sector, and travelling by train, in the rail sector, as well as developing case studies based on actual intermodal transport operations between two European destinations. This format allows students to familiarise themselves quickly with the port system and the logistics communities involved. By developing case studies based on concepts such as reliability, competitiveness and efficiency, students discover in a practical way how intermodality is a real tool for improving transport management. Promoting collaboration as a means to unite and optimise logistics chains is one of the cornerstones of the School. Another basic principle of the School is the commitment to the environment. The courses show how developing competitive services and efficient logistics chains, using ports as intermodal nodes, always entails a significant reduction in greenhouse gas emissions associated with transport. The courses provide information on EU environmental policies so that measures to reduce the environmental impact of logistics chains can be exploited by all the companies involved, be they hauliers or end customers. The European School of Short Sea Shipping has scheduled two types of WHITE (White paper Holistic Intermodal Training on Transport in Europe) and MOS (Motorways of the Sea) courses for this autumn: WHITE MOS Operations, lasting three days and going to the Port of Genoa; and WHITE MOS Management, lasting four days and going to the Port of Civitavecchia. The WHITE MOS Management and WHITE MOS Operations courses are aimed at practitioners and students. The profile of the practitioners who sign up to the School is people responsible for organising and managing transport and logistics transport companies; logistics operators; freight companies with their own logistics network, in addition to representatives of port authorities and other infrastructures. Meanwhile, the students come from higher cycles or Masters courses that are oriented to logistics and transport and business management.

For this autumn, a WHITE MOS Management course is scheduled in Spanish and four WHITE MOS Operations in four different languages: English, French, Portuguese and Spanish. Apart from the language, the teaching team includes specialists from each country (Portugal, France, Spain, etc.), who adapt the content to the students’ background.

WHITE MOS COURSES – Autumn 20 1 4

  • WHITE MOS Operations (English) – 10-12 October – Barcelona – Genoa
  • WHITE MOS Management (Spanish) – 18-21 October – Barcelona – Civitavecchia
  • WHITE MOS Operations (Portuguese) – 24-26 October – Barcelona – Genoa
  • WHITE MOS Operations (French) – 7-9 November – Barcelona – Genoa
  • WHITE MOS Operations (Spanish) – 21-23 November – Barcelona – Genoa