Port de Barcelona will host next Short Sea European Conference organized by Spanish Shortsea Promotion Centre

Port de Barcelona was chosen to host next year’s European Short Sea Conference which will be held September 29-30. It will be the first time that the most important event in the field of short sea shipping will take place in Spain. The conference will be organized by Spanish Shortsea Promotion Centre (SPC -Spain), with support of Port de Barcelona, Grimaldi Lines, Grandi Navi Veloci, Flota Suardíaz and Neptune Lines.

The news was officially announced by Beatriz Spuch (SPC- Spain) and Ana Arévalo (Port de Barcelona) during Short Sea European Conference 2015, which took place in Copenhagen from 18 to 19 June. 130 maritime stakeholders from 24 countries gathered in Denmark to discuss the outlook of Short Sea Shipping (SSS). The event was organized by the Maritime Development Center of Europe and CBS Executive, in collaboration with the European Shortsea Network, and chaired by José Anselmo, a principal administrator of the European Commission’s Directorate General for Mobility and Transport.

At the Copenhagen conference there was a detailed focus on the three main priorities of Motorways of the Sea: environment, relevance to the international logistics chain, and safety and the human element, particularly assessing how they impact on Short Sea Shipping. It was organized in the following four sessions: Session 1- Markets, Session 2-Motorways of the Sea, Session 3: Port, Multimodal and Technology issues, Session 4: Policy and Cost Issues.

The Short Sea Sea European Conference 2016 coincides with the 10th anniversary of Escola Europea de Short Sea Shipping, an event which will mark its history, tradition and commitment to promote co-modality as the basis for the development of sustainable logistics within European transport systems.