The Escola Europea – Intermodal Transport is a European training center and a reference for intermodal transport and logistics, promoting sustainable logistics in Europe through innovative courses. Our aim is to promote intermodal transport as the basis for sustainable logistics chains in Europe and throughout the Mediterranean. Our courses have been designed by our team with the overall aim of giving the students a complete view of intermodality.

Check out our training offer below:

Our Classrooms

Our classrooms belong to the Mediterranean

The classrooms of the Escola Europea – Intermodal Transport take the courses one step further by bringing the participants to the environments where short sea shipping and logistics operations take place:

Located in the Mediterranean, the Ports of Barcelona, Rome, and Genoa are equipped with the best instruments to let the students get familiar with the logistics communities.

The courses on board of a Ro-Pax vessel on a crossing between two main ports in the Mediterranean along some of Europe’s main short sea shipping routes or on board of a train help the participants experience the operations firsthand and absorb the teachings more efficiently.

The city where our headquarters are located is Barcelona. It is more than just one city to Europe and to the Mediterranean. It is a friendly meeting point that represents a unique way of understanding life and fraternity.

The Port Visit

One of our most popular options, the visit offers a maritime tour of the Port of Barcelona’s. We offer shorter and longer visits, taylored to each group’s needs.

Visit to the Port of Barcelona: operations and infrastructures

In collaboration with the Port of Barcelona and its port community actors, we offer a visit to the Port of Barcelona and its environment. In this course you can observe the operations, traffic, infrastructures and operators based in the port first-hand through a guided maritime tour and inland visits to maritime terminals.


The MOST – Motorways of the Sea Training – courses take the intermodality courses one step further by exploring a complete short sea shipping operations on board of a Ro-Pax vessel. Our students are offered the opportunity to study intermodal operations on a Grimaldi Lines or GNV vessel on the crossings between the cities of Barcelona, Civitavecchia and Genoa. The additional lectures offered ensure that a complete knowledge of these is acquired by the students in an eminently practical environment.

We offer the following MOST courses:

MOST Management

This course takes place on board of a Ro-Pax vessel on the crossing between Barcelona and Civitavecchia (Rome). During the trip, participants will attend lectures, workshops and work on a case study in groups. Additionally this course includes a guided tour and some free time to enjoy the city of Rome.

MOST Operations

This course takes place on board of a Ro-Pax vessel on the crossing between Barcelona and a port in Italy (either Genoa or Civitavecchia). During the trip, participants will attend lectures, workshops and work on a case study in groups. MOST Operations is not as comprehensive as MOST Management, and it takes place over 3 days.


Our SURCO courses take place in Barcelona and focus on the operations of intermodal rail operations. The course participants are offered either a brief introduction or a complete view of all of the logistics zones and the way that the terminals work in intermodal rail operations. Taking place in Barcelona, the SURCO courses have the advantage of having access to some of the most modern and contemporary terminals.

We offer the following SURCO courses:

SURCO Operations I

In this course participants gain a complete view of port-rail operations and terminals in ports connected by the railway. Highly experienced professionals explain firsthand how operations are organised, managed and developed in such logistics infrastructures.

SURCO Operations II

In this course participants gain a complete view of national and international railway connections. Highly experienced professionals explain first-hand how operations are organised, managed and developed in such logistics infrastructures.

Port2Rail Iberia

This course takes place in Portugal, and takes an experiential teaching approach to present the port-rail intermodality in key locations on the Iberian peninsula. It aims to analyse the different elements that must be combined for the provision of rail-port services and to give the necessary training and information to those who are going to decide and manage logistics chains in which the railway can be seen as a profitable alternative in terms of services, cost or time.

Technical Courses

Over the years the Escola’s focus has expanded from short sea shipping operations towards other facets of the transport chain. The new set of Technical courses were created with the goal of offering professionals specialized training that’s complementary to the other courses offered as well as to contribute to Professional Development.

We offer the following technical courses:

Temperature Controlled Supply Chains

The course cover the characteristics of the success of industries that depend on the cold chain. It comes down to knowing how to ship a product with temperatures adapted to the shipping circumstances. Moving a shipment across the supply chain without suffering any setbacks or temperature anomalies requires the establishment of a comprehensive logistical process to maintain product integrity.

Groupage and Consolidation Centres

Consolidation and groupage are today essential elements in effective supply chains. Through this course you will get to know how groupage works, and discover its actors, market segmentation and trends. Participants will learn how to hire and manage door-to-door groupage operations and visit service providers on the ground.

Port Operations - Goods

Big differences exist between countries regarding the quality and costs of the port and shipping services available to their importers and exporters (e.g. in terms of towage operations, mooring, etc.). The existing infrastructures and connectivity of the port are also of major importance for traders when choosing to bring their goods to their destinations. This course delves into theses aspect in detail.

Port Operations - Vessels

Port operations are necessary to facilitate maritime trade between trading partners. It is pivotal to ensure that the operations are smooth and avoid congestion in the harbour. Port operations can be defined as all policies, reforms and regulations that influence the infrastructure and operations of port facilities. This course analyses all port operations related to vessels.

Courses on demand

Alongside the above-listed regular courses, the Escola also offers on-demand courses suited to the needs of individual groups. These courses can cover highly technical aspects of transport (Occupational Risk Prevention, e-Freight, etc), or be customised to beginners to the transport field (SURCO Introduction, Introduction to Intermodality). For more information and availability, contact us.

Introduction to Intermodality

The course gives priority to practical training and is based on experiential learning. Terrestrial visits to specific parts of the port and on-board visits to a vessel are carried out, during which its main actors explain the operations in detail.

Maritime Trade and Logistics

The course on Maritime Trade and Logistics aims to provide training on intermodal transport and logistics. Participants will gain deep insight to maritime logistics, its actors, roles and market segmentation and trends.

SURCO Introduction

The course is taught through practical workshops and lectured classes using audiovisual materials as teaching aids. The classes are interactive and the students are encouraged to participate actively.


The course offers global knowledge on traceability operations and information exchange in multimodal transport of goods. The course combines theoretical lectures on e-Maritime operations and e-Freight workshops.

Occupational Risk Prevention in Port Operations

The course on Occupational Risk Prevention in Port Operations provides training on the organisation and management of occupational risk prevention (ORP) and corporate social responsibility issues in a commercial port.

Forma’t al Port

Since the launch of the Forma’t al Port project in 2014, the Escola’s doors have seen thousands of young Catalan students pass through its doors in the pursuit of logistics knowledge and professions. The courses have been incredibly popular and now form part of the Escola’s regular courses.

Below are the different types of courses offered in the Forma’t al Port framework:

Forma't al Port - Introduction

This course aims to give young students of the secondary schools of Catalonia an introduction to the professions within the Catalan maritime logistics sector.

Forma't al Port - Management

This course aims to give young students of the secondary schools of Catalonia a thorough understanding of the professions within the maritime logistics sector.