Students from the Scuola Naziolane Trasporti e Logistica taught intermodality by the Escola Europea de Short Sea Shipping

Between the 09th and the 13th of February 2015 the Escola Europea de Short Sea Shipping (2E3S) organized a course in intermodal logistics for students coming from the Scuola Nazionale Trasporti e Logistica. The week-long course combined the Escola’s traditional teaching on board of a Ro-Pax vessel with terrestrial and maritime visits to the terminals in both Barcelona and Zaragoza (Terminal Marítima de Zaragoza – TmZ). The programme began in Genoa, and brought the students to Barcelona on a Grandi Navi Veloci vessel. In total, 12 students participated in the training.

The Escola’s intermodal courses aim to provide training in intermodal logistics, Short Sea Shipping services and the Motorways of the Sea. Through a unique set of programmes the students can observe and experience the short sea shipping activities first hand during the trip by seeing real-life intermodal transport operations. The Escola’s flexibility also allows for the combination of various courses in a particular training, therewith ensuring that the participants gain a complete view of the port’s and shipping lines activities.

The training was carried out in English and Italian, and taught by a combination of professionals and professors from the transport sector. These included representatives of Grandi Navi Veloci, consultants from the Spanish logistics sector, a professor from the Sapienza University in Rome and the Escola Europea de Short Sea Shipping. The students were given the opportunity to participate in workshops, practical visits to the vessel, debates and work in groups.

The course further extends the relations between the Escola and Italian training centres and institutions, in particular from the North. At the end of February the Escola will welcome a group from the University of Genoa for a second consecutive year – establishing therewith the Escola’s training as a very interesting theoretical and practical addition to their Masters programme. With each successful course the desires to continue and expand the collaboration between the Escola and the Italian centres grow and will continue to extend the Escola’s reach across the Mediterranean.