The first courses were organised in 2004 and were promoted by the Customer Service Department of the Port of Barcelona with the collaboration of Grimaldi Lines and the Ports of Rome and Lazio. In 2006 the Escola Europea de Short Sea Shipping was formally founded in the shape and form as it is known today by the Ports of Barcelona, Rome and Genoa, as well as the shipping companies Grimaldi Lines and Grandi Navi Veloci.
During the past decade, the training centre has grown:
- organising maritime and railway intermodality courses;
- using a training model fundamentally practical and unique;
- bringing the students on board of the vessels and trains, places where real intermodal operations take place.
Over the years, the organisation has increased its influence across Europe, throughout the Mediterranean as well as across Latin America by creating new and innovative courses for students and professionals, signing new agreements with universities and training centres, and participating in European projects.
Since 2016, the Escola has organised more than 200 courses, in maritime intermodality (MOST-Motorways Of the Sea Training), railway intemodality (SURCO – Simple Use of Railway COnnection), as well as in the framework of many national and international projects (Forma’t al Port for Catalan centres, Optimed for professionals from the south of the Mediterranean among others). More than 8,000 students and professionals coming from all around the world have walked through the Escola’s doors.
Throughout the latest years, the centre has become a consultancy for projects, working with European and international partners for the development of intermodal transport and training materials. In total, the Escola has participated in nine European projects, including CLYMA (development of the Connection LYon-MAdrid on the Mediterranean corridor), B2MOS (Business to Motorways of the Sea) projects, and Optimed (Rationalising Mediterranean Sea Ways: from Southern-Eastern to Northern-Western ports), which was recently completed.
Thanks to all these, the Escola has positioned itself as an academic expert in intermodal transport and communication and management aspects of projects. The Escola keeps creating collaborations and participating in new projects with the objective of improving intermodal transport in Europe and in the world.