University of Barcelona students embark on an intermodality course with 2E3S

Between the 7th and 10th of March the Escola Europea de Short Sea Shipping (2E3S) welcomed 49 participants on a course in maritime logistics. The large group came from the University of Barcelona (UB). The WHITE MOS Management course took place on board of Cruise Roma – a Ro-Pax vessel of Grimaldi Lines – on the crossing between Barcelona and Civitavecchia. The training was complementary to the students’ degrees in Master in Logistics and International Business.

WHITE MOS courses aim to provide training in intermodal logistics, Short Sea Shipping services and the Motorways of the Sea. The students could observe and experience the short sea shipping activities first hand during the trip by seeing real-life intermodal transport operations.

This course was carried out in Spanish, and taught by a combination of professionals and professors from the transport sector. These included representatives of Grimaldi Lines, consultants from the Spanish logistics sector 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 with their counterparts from other parts of Europe. Having both professionals and students attend the course helped foster synergies and further enrich the educational experience for the participants. The group was very diverse as well in terms of internationality – participants came from Venezuela, Spain, Brazil, Colombia, Italy, China, and Argentina. Their different backgrounds helped encourage exchanges and ensured that the group work was very rich.