The Escola Europea closes the year with a course for North African professionals

Over the past week the Escola Europea has organised the MOST MED course which brought together professionals from three countries from the Magreb: Algeria, Morocco and Tunisia. The training took place between the 16th and the 19th of December, and welcomed representatives from the port and logistics sectors. The goal was to explain, promote and debate the intermodal services and the motorways of the sea in the Mediterranean.

The course was organised in the framework of the TransLogMED project. The Escola is the leader of the initiative which aims to extend links with countries from the Magreb.

The individuals came both from private companies and public institutions, and thanks to their varied nationalities, the attendees were able to analyse different scenarios from each of the three countries. From Algeria members of the l’École Nationale Supérieure de Technologie (ENST), Groupe Serport and Logitrans Groupe took part. From Morocco, professionals from the Agence Marocaine de Développement de la Logistique, Association des Freights Forwarders du Maroc and UNISHIP came to the training. Finally, from Tunisia representatives of the Office of the Marine Marchande et des Ports, Groupe- Societé Tunisienne de Transit d’Agences et de Transport, Societé Tunisienne d’Acconage et de Manutention, Groupe des Manutentionnaires de Sfax, Institut Méditerranéen de Formation Aux Métiers Maritimes and the Ministry of Transport attended.

This final course marks the end of a busy year for the Escola, which witnessed 83 training actions, among which 35 were courses and 48 were visits – workshops in the Ports of Barcelona, Genoa and Civitavecchia, and on board of the vessels of Grimaldi Lines and GNV.

The Escola has welcomed more than 1200 students in its courses this past year, and more than 1800 individuals participated in the visits – workshops. Overall, a total of 32 training centres with students spanning 45 different nationalities have participated in the Escola’s training actions in 2018.

A hugely successful fourth edition of the MOST Italy course in intermodal maritime logistics takes place in Italy

As in previous years, the Escola Europea – Intermodal Transport has concluded with great success another edition of the MOST (Motorways of the Sea Training) Italy course in intermodal logistics for Italian professionals. From 29 September to 2 October, 32 participants from Italy and Brazil attended this edition of the training.

The inauguration ceremony was held at the Port Authority of Civitavecchia, seat of the ADSP of the Centre-North Tyrrhenian Sea and founding member of the Escola. Its president Francesco Maria Di Majo, accompanied by the Director of Harbour Security of the Ministry of Infrastructures, Mauro Coletta, have given the welcome to the participants and briefly introduced the present and the near future of intermodality in the Mediterranean and the fundamental importance of training in order to exploit the whole potential of the motorways of the sea.

Following the first theoretical classes on land, the large group of participants, accompanied by the teachers of the course, all of whom were experts in short sea shipping (SSS), boarded the Grimaldi Lines Ro-Pax vessel CRUISE BARCELONA, en route to Barcelona, along one of the motorways of the sea studied in the course.

Once again the Escola Europea was able to count on the collaboration of RAM (Rete Autostrade Mediterranee) Logistica – Infrastrutture – Trasport and ALIS (Associazione Logistica dell’Intermodalità Sostenibile), as well as the support of the Ministry of Infrastructures and Transport, Confitarma and Assoporti  for the organisation of the training.

During the four days of the course, the participants studied logistics and transport issues through theoretical lectures and practical workshops.

Andrea Campagna, from the Research Centre for Transport and Logistics of La Sapienza University in Rome, offered an in-depth analysis of transport costs, service times and other competitive factors to open the debate on the feasibility of a sustainable alternative to short sea shipping; Francesco Benevolo, director of RAM SpA, presented a wide overview of the motorways of the sea in Europe and explained the European Union’s environmental policy on transport, paying special attention to the fiscal incentives MAREBONUS and FERROBONUS, designed for intermodal transport; Nicolò Berghinz, representative of ALIS, presented some real cases of companies affiliated to the association that have successfully focused on intermodality to grow in the world of transport. The shipping companies and ports involved in the motorways of the sea between Spain and Italy explained the functioning of their infrastructures dedicated to short sea shipping: for the Port of Barcelona, Ana Arévalo, Commercial Manager specialized in SSS; for Grimaldi Lines, Commercial Manager Marcello Donnarumma; for GNV, Alessandro Feniello, Sales Freight Manager of GNV and for the ADSP of the Northern Central Tyrrhenian Sea, Giovanni Marinucci, Head of International Projects, who offered a presentation of the Port of Civitavecchia.

The contents of the course have been custom designed for the Italian professionals who attended the course, who came from different transport and logistics companies, four port system authorities and two higher technical institutes (ITS) in the Mobility area.

The aim of the training is to present participants with all the benefits to achieve by incorporating motorways of the sea as a key element in building efficient and sustainable supply chains. In addition to the theoretical lessons and workshops, the participants worked hard to solve a case study and were able to observe closely the infrastructure and equipment involved in intermodal operations. Finally, networking activities were organized to facilitate the development of networks of contacts between professionals and experts in the Italian sector who participated in the course.

The comments received from the participants were very positive. The level of satisfaction in this, as in the past, edition was very high: “I feel lucky to have been able to learn with and from professionals in the field, and with a spectacular organization”.

The Escola would like to thank all its founding members (Port de Barcelona, ADSP of the Northern Central Tyrrhenian Sea, Ports of Genoa, Grimaldi Lines and GNV) for their usual cooperation and generosity.

The dates for the fifth edition have already been set: from 5th to 8th of October 2019.

This year the Escola is also planning a course in intermodal maritime logistics for Spanish and Portuguese professionals, MOST Iberia, to be held from 20 to 23 October 2018.

The Escola Europea trains professionals in intermodal railway logistics

After the stellar successes obtained during the past editions of the SURCO series, the Escola has completed this summer’s SURCO Operations I course for Spanish professionals, which offered introductory training on intermodal railway logistics.

The course took place between the 2nd and the 4th of July 2018 in Barcelona. Designed for professionals of freight transport companies in the maritime and railway sectors and students of logistics and transport, it introduced an analysis of the different elements needed in order to offer efficient services in intermodal railway-maritime transport.

SURCO (Simple Use of Railway COnnections) courses aim to promote the use of railway transport by providing training and necessary information to those professionals who will decide on and manage logistics chains in the future in which the railway could be used as a viable alternative in terms of services, costs and time. They also work towards the promotion of co-modality as a viable and sustainable alternative to transport that relies primarily on the road.

During the 3 days the course participants had the opportunity to discover infrastructures and equipment involved in port-railway transport and learned about the regulations and documents necessary to manage rail freight transport services in intermodal interactions. The theoretical lectures covered maritime-rail transport and logistics, rail services required for freight transport, and rail terminals in ports. The July edition also offered a detailed analysis of the current situation in Spanish ports in terms of infrastructures, railway network characteristics, and the service zones, among other things. The theory was accompanied by practical visits to the Port of Barcelona (including trips to Hutchison BEST semi-automatic container terminal, AUTOTERMINAL car terminal and the solid bulk terminal Tramer, operated by ICL; a visit to a marshalling yard and to Logistainer, a logistic operator at CAN TUNIS complex; and a visit to ADIF’s integrated management centre.

SURCO Operations was carried out in collaboration with the Port of Barcelona, Adif, Autoterminal, FGC Ferrocarrils, ICL, Hutchison’s BEST Terminal, Transportes Portuarios and Transportes Tomás.

The educational focus of the Escola is based on research: students attend lectures and practical workshops that encourage collaborative work and group cohesion as a means to optimize the development of logistics chains.

For more information check out the SURCO section of our website.

The Escola Europea inaugurates its Classroom of the Stars

On Thursday the 5th of April the Escola Europea – Intermodal Transport held the inauguration ceremony for its new Classroom of the Stars (Aula dels Estels) in Barcelona.

The Escola has, since its founding, strived to offer formative excellence based on original and innovative formats through unique and practical courses. The inauguration of the new classroom has cemented the centre’s strategy and emphasized that the institution will continue this line of innovation and excellence. The partners of the Escola were clear that “training is a tool for advancement and progress”, as stressed by its president Sixte Cambra, of the Port of Barcelona. The Aula dels Estels will give the Escola an additional tool to continue its mission of providing excellent training to students and professionals alike.

The ceremony of the new classroom, located in the maritime terminal of Drassanes of the Port of Barcelona, with fantastic views of the area, was complemented by an interesting conference in which professional experts in conflict resolution, team cohesion, leadership and neuroeducation shared their knowledge with the attendees.


The educational focus of the Escola is based on research: students attend lectures and practical workshops and work on a case study in groups, which encourages collaborative work and group cohesion as a means to optimise the development of logistics chains.


SURCO Operations II


  • Analizar los diferentes elementos que se deben conjugar para la prestación de servicios ferro-portuarios y dar la formación e información necesaria a aquellas personas que vayan a decidir y gestionar cadenas logísticas en las que el ferrocarril pueda ser una alternativa rentable por servicio, coste o tiempo
  • Conocer las infraestructuras y equipos necesarios para el uso del ferrocarril
  • Fomentar la utilización del transporte ferroviario mediante la difusión de sus características y particularidades


  • Dando a conocer el concepto de co-modalidad como herramienta de mejora en la gestión del transporte.
  • Ofreciendo la formación e información necesaria para la gestión de cadenas logísticas en las que los servicios ferroviarios puedan ser una alternativa rentable por servicio, coste o tiempo.
  • Analizando y calculando los ahorros económicos y medioambientales que se puedan obtener del uso del ferrocarril, tanto en costes internos y externos, como en riesgos y tiempo.

Perfil de participantes

Profesionales del sector de la logística, transporte, puertos y comercio internacional (abierto a todos tipos de perfiles).


  • Ana Saviron – Sales and Business Development Iberia, VIIA (SNCF logistics)
  • Eduard Rodés – Director, Escola Europea – Intermodal Transport
  • Jose Antonio Sebastián  Director General, GO Transport
  • Manel Villalante – General Manager of Development and Strategy, RENFE
  • Miguel Asin – Project Manager, Terminal Maritima de Zaragoza
  • Miguel de Sanjuan – Sales Manager Spain, VIIA (SNCF logistics)
  • Patricia Roig – Técnico de Proyectos, Soluciones Logísticas Integrales S.A. (SLISA)
  • Ramón Adé – Director, Terminal Marítima de Zaragoza – tmZ
  • Rebecca Descarrega – Business Analyst, Site Marketing & Services Sales, BASF
  • Xavier Lluch – Consultor y profesor, Escola Europea – Intermodal Transport


  • Raquel Nunes – Responsible for Promotion & Training, Escola Europea – Intermodal Transport


21 – 25 de enero 2019


Barcelona y visitas a Zaragoza e instalaciones en frontera con Francia




  • 800€/ pers.
  • Ex-alumni, empresas colaboradoras y 2º inscrito misma empresa: 700€/ pers.

El precio incluye traslados y todas las actividades descritas en el programa.

Este curso, basado en un método de aprendizaje vivencial, combina:


Clases teóricas de temas de interés en logística intermodal, realizadas por expertos y académicos del sector.


Visitas y talleres prácticos en los distintos terminales del puerto de Barcelona y visitas a Zaragoza e instalaciones en frontera con Francia para ver las operaciones logísticas en directo.

Consulta el programa provisional del curso

Lunes, 21 de enero 2019

11:00 – Recepción en la Escola Europea y entrega documentación

11:15 – Presentación del curso

12:00 – Gestión y operativa ferroviaria

13:30 – Almuerzo

15:00 – Legislación aplicable en España

16:30 – Networking coffee-break

17:00 – El transporte por ferrocarril: contexto, evolución, política europea y RTE-T

18:30 – Transporte y medioambiente & EMC Calculations

19:00 – Explicación del caso práctico

20:00 – Fin de la jornada

Martes, 22 de enero 2019

08:00 – Encuentro en Estación de Sants y viaje a Zaragoza

10:30 – Visita al CRC de ADIF en Zaragoza Delicias

11:30 – Transporte ferroportuario: tmZ como apuesta de futuro

13:30 – Almuerzo patrocinado por tmZ – restaurante La Lonja

15:00- Contratación y transporte ferroviario internacional

16:00 – Explicación y visita a la terminal marítima interior tmZ

18:30 – Regreso a Barcelona (hora prevista de llegada 20:00)

Miércoles, 23 de enero 2019

08:50 – Encuentro en la Sala Barcelona

09:00 – Sistemas intermodales

10:00 – Gestión de terminales y servicios ferroviarios (SLISA)

11:00 – Pausa

11:30 – Visita a Morrot

13:30 – Almuerzo

15:00 – Análisis de costes del transporte

16:00 – Debate y trabajo en equipo

Jueves, 24 de enero 2019

08:00 – Encuentro en Terminal Drassanes y traslado

10:30 – Visita a la terminal de Port Bou

12:30 – Almuerzo patrocinado por VIIA

14:00 – Visita a la terminal de Lorry Rail en Le Boulou

15:30 – Visita a Linea Figueres Perpignan (LFP)

17:00 – Visita al TP Ferro (Túnel transfronterizo del Pertús)

18:00 – Regreso a la Barcelona

Viernes, 25 de enero 2019

09:00 – Servicios internacionales

10:00 – Trabajo en equipo

Almuerzo libre

16:00 – Presentación por equipos del caso práctico y debate

17:00 – Clausura del curso y entrega de diplomas

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