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Check out the blogs and articles written by our staff and our teachers under the #DidYouKnow initiative. We tackle subjects surrounding intermodal transport, specialised transport, maritime and rail transport trends, and innovation in the blue economy, among others.

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Shipping operations are becoming increasingly automatised

Beyond 2020

As we close 2020, we can reflect on the fact that the year has been far from what we expected it to be. It is obvious that the pandemic, which began to ravage our societies in 2019 but fully accelerated in March of 2020, has brought our daily lives to a standstill.

The Environment

Transport and the Environment

This month we have caught up with one of our own professors – José Francisco Vidal. With the Escola since its founding, José Francisco was the head of the Shortsea Promotion Centre Spain before retiring and continuing to contribute to the field through consulting services. Below you can read his thoughts on the current situation of transport through an environmental lens.

Smart Cities

What does living in smart cities mean for privacy?

In the 2000s we are witnessing an exponential growth of the use of information technologies. These are slowly pervading all aspects of modern life, including smart refrigerators, smart doorbells, smart plugs, smart bathrooms, etc. The revolution has also affected a larger societal section, with smart cities and smart ports also gaining traction in progress. What does this spread of smart technologies mean for us as individuals?

This month, we have caught up with Brad Smith from Turn on VPN to talk about what these advancements mean for our privacy.

Institutional panel - YEP MED Kick Off Meeting

EU-funded YEP MED project to provide employment opportunities for the Mediterranean youth

The 9th of September 2020 became the official start date of the project “Youth Employment in the Ports of the Mediterranean“, or YEP MED in short. The project, co-financed by the European Neighbourhood Instrument (ENI) of the European Union and led by the Escola Europea – Intermodal Transport (Spain), aims to develop port-logistics training and […]

Blue Innovation

Digital highway

Digitisation in logistics and e-documents… advantage or cost?

The current crisis is bringing with it a lot of changes to our industry. For this quarter’s Blue Innovation article, we have caught up with Xavier Lluch, an expert in cost analysis, a veteran of the logistics industry and a regular teacher in our courses, to share with us his thoughts on the emerging trend […]

Nanosatellites to fuel the Internet of Things

n the past issues of our #BlueInnovation series we have largely focused on any new developments taking place on land and at sea – Smart Seals, Smart Containers, Digital Twins, etc. What about Space? Is there a future for the logistics and transport sector that involves space technologies?

Virtual Meetings are becoming the norm

Towards blue virtual training

In recent times a vast number of technological transformations has encompassed the maritime sphere. A recent study (2020) commissioned by the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Mobility and Transport (DG Move) analysed different social aspects of the maritime transport of goods, and identified two technological trends that are particularly visible on the blue horizon in the […]

Smart Seals: Spotlight on Shellock

Throughout centuries, research and innovation have driven human progress forward. In the maritime sector, blue innovation in particular is key towards the advancement of the industry – in particular against the backdrop of Covid-19 and the damage that it had done to the global economies. This month we caught up with representatives from Shellock, a logistics start-up located in Barcelona, to find out more about the innovative technologies they have been developing.

#DidYouKnow Videos

Some of our articles have videos to help visually present the topics. Check them out here, or head to our Youtube page to see all of our video content.

Cooling Technologies

The Cold Chain

Women in Shipping

Towards Gender Equality at Sea

Temperature Controlled Supply Chain

A spotlight on pharmaceuticals

Port2Rail

European Railway Corridors

Groupage and Consolidation Centres

A short guide on packaging and security

Groupage and Consolidation Centres

LCL packaging

Temperature Controlled Supply Chains

A short story of the Reefer Container

Groupage and Consolidation Centres

Distribution Networks

Temperature Controlled Supply Chains

How important is Container Airflow?

Mega trucks

How will the authorization of mega trucks impact intermodal freight transport in Europe?

Container Weight Mandate

How will the new container weight mandate impact maritime transport?