On 6th October Tangier Med hosted a conference called by the Escola Europea, under the title «Motorways of the Sea: new tools towards logistics development».
The event was the prelude to an important milestone for the TransLogMED-Development of the Motorways of the Sea in the Mediterranean project: the approval of its labelling by the Union for the Mediterranean, granted on 16th October. The label acknowledges the potential of the project to deliver concrete benefits for the citizens of the Euro-Mediterranean region and contribute to sub-regional and regional integration.
The conference took place in the premises of Tangier Med port authority and it was attended by approximately 80 people. Among the attendees, there were representatives of Moroccan institutions –ANP-IFP, AMDL– other ports, shipping companies, shippers, forwarders and road transport companies. The attendees were coming from Casablanca, Rabat and Tangier, as well as from southern Spanish ports.
The aim of the conference was to draw the attention of Moroccan professionals on intermodality and the Motorways of the Sea as tools to establish a more sustainable transport network and to create jobs in the logistics sector. Also the event wanted to introduce and/or spread the existing Short Sea Shipping services and to announce the training activities the Escola Europea has planned for the next months in this area of the Mediterranean.
The programme was developed in three panels, regarding innovative training for intermodality; infrastructures for intermodal transport; and the actors of the Motorways of the Sea and new trends of the supply chain, respectively. The speakers came both from the public and the private transport and logistics sectors of Spain, Italy and Morocco. The audience participated quite actively to the panels and raised questions in each one of them.
The conference was hosted by the DG of Tangier Med port, Mr. Najlaâ Diouri, Mr Francesc Carbonell, International Project Manager of the Union for the Mediterranean, and Mr Aissam Ech-Chabbi, representative of the Agence Marocaine pour le Développement de la Logistique; and closed by Mr Hassan Abkari, DG Passengers of Tangier Med port, and Mr Eduard Rodés, Director of the Escola Europea.
The impressions of the attendees were positive and the event was a good stage to launch the TransLogMED-Development of the Motorways of the Sea in the Mediterranean programme and its activities, specifically the first course in programme, MOST Maroc, which shall start on November 11th and will lead a delegation of Moroccan professionals to become experts of intermodal transport and logistics. The five-days course takes place in Tangier and aboard a GNV ro-pax ferry on the route connecting Tangier to Barcelona.
The event was organised thanks to the Escola Europea’s partners Port of Barcelona, Ports of Genoa, Centre-North Tyrrhenian Sea Port Authority (Ports of Rome and Lazio), Grimaldi Lines and GNV and was supported by the Union for the Mediterranean, the Moroccan Agence Nationale des Ports (ANP), the Agence Marocaine de Développement Logistique (AMDL), Fercam and Grupo Suardíaz.