More than 80 Spanish and Latin American students participated in a MOST Management course organized by the Escola Europea de Short Sea Shipping (2E3S) between the 14th and the 17th of May. The group comprised students from the University of Anáhuac of Mexico, from the Graduate School of Business ESAN of Peru and from the Catalan center Tecnocampus (Mataró). The course focused on intermodal logistics, short sea shipping services and the motorways of the sea. It provided ample opportunities for the students to interact, compare the knowledge from their countries, and share their points of view of the sector as a whole.
On Saturday evening the group embarked on the course-workshop on board of a Grimaldi RO-PAX vessel on the short sea shipping route between Barcelona and Civitavecchia (Port of Rome). The teaching staff included Jesús Martínez (Logistics and Maritime Business degree coordinator in Tecnocampus), Marta Miquel (Responsible for Educational Resources, External Relations & Training of 2E3S), Eduard Rodés (Director of 2E3S), Antonio Vargas (Ex-Director General and adviser of Grimaldi Logistica España) and José Vidal (Spanish Consultant in transport and logistics). The professors introduced the concept of co-modality, presented the tools required to calculate the benefits and savings to be gained from the use of the motorways of the sea, explained the concept of e-Maritime to improve the efficiency and reliability of intermodal transport and operations, and presented the European policy on transport. Over the four days, the teachers shared their knowledge of the sector with enthusiasm, as underlined by one of the Mexican students: “The course was excellent. The teachers were highly qualified with a teaching vocation and a spirit of mutual support.”
The group also had the opportunity to discover the facilities and infrastructures of the Port of Barcelona through a maritime visit, helping them understand the operational aspects of different port terminals in one of the principal ports of Europe. The workshops organised throughout the course also clarified ship loading procedures and demonstrated the organization and operations of a Ro-Pax vessel. The students were required to complete a case study to successfully complete the training. Aside from the educational content, the students could also enjoy a guided tour to the eternal city of Rome!