MARITIME TOURISM GENERALITIES
Maritime tourism combines sailing and boating with the activities available in beach holidays. You can travel from port to port in a cruise ship, or join boat-centered events such as regattas, experience adrenaline rushes while using craft such as jet skis, dine on a small boat or other recreational activities in special landfall. It is a form of tourism that is generally more popular in the summer.
Maritime tourism is not only a pleasant way to see particular places around the world, it is also a very profitable industry. The supply of equipment and accessories for these activities has given rise to companies for these purposes. With many nautical enthusiasts living aboard their yachts in the harbour, nautical tourists drive the demand for a variety of goods and services.
Ports specially developed for tourists have been built in Europe, South America and Australia.
TOURIST SERVICES AVAILABLE
Some of the tour services available at marinas for nautical tourists include:
• Rental of berths for sailing ships and nautical tourists who live on board.
• Rental of sailing boats for tourist and recreational use (charters, cruises and the like),
• Reception, custody and maintenance of sailing boats.
• Provision of travel supplies (water, fuel, supplies, spare parts, equipment and the like).
• Prepare and keep sailing boats in order.
• Provide information to nautical enthusiasts (weather forecasts, nautical guides, etc.)
• Rental of jet skis and other aquatic equipment.
ECOLOGICAL MARITIME TOURISM
Ecotourism means any type of tourism and recreation in nature that does not damage natural complexes, contributes to the protection of nature and improves the well-being of the place.
This concept and phenomenon is due to two world trends:
• the globalization and diversification of the tourism business;
• the aggravation of environmental problems.
Currently, the tourism industry is one of the most important sectors of the economy for many countries and communities around the world.
WATER TRANSPORT IN MARITIME TOURISM
Shipping is one of the sources of chronic pollution of the marine environment and a threat of oil spills, which can cause irreparable damage to highly vulnerable nature.
The environmental risk of maritime transport consists of two components: operational and emergency, of which it is difficult to establish which of the two is more dangerous, as both lead to chronic poisoning of the entire sea.
Pollution from the operation of ships, ports and ship repair companies is constantly being generated and discharged, albeit in relatively small quantities. In the event of accidental spills, there are bursts of discharges of a large quantity of pollutants, but they are limited to the accident area and adjacent territories.
Nitrogen oxides, carbon monoxide (carbon monoxide), sulfur oxide: but air pollution is not the worst of it. 60% of the negative impacts are noise pollution, uncharacteristic vibrations of the marine and river biosphere, corrosion of ships in the water and, above all, large-scale oil spills in the event of accidents. In a word, marine life is the first to suffer from water transport. And from artificial waves sometimes even fry of fish and other aquatic organisms die: molluscs, sponges, crustaceans.
ECOLOGICAL CHOICE FOR MARITIME TOURISM
Clean shipping is the pursuit of more sustainable shipping. Achieving this goal involves applying new technologies, changing behavior and conditions in a number of specific locations on board and ashore, and adopting comprehensive measures.
Technological innovation, as well as policies, will be crucial to achieving low-carbon or zero-emission shipping. Academic research institutes, government laboratories and companies are experimenting with electrification; zero or low carbon fuels such as hydrogen, natural gas, ammonia and biofuels; and alternative energy sources such as fuel cells and solar, wind and wave energy. Each has its pros and cons.
DECARBONIZATION FOR MARITIME TRANSPORT
The International Chamber of Shipping calls for the decarbonization of the sector by 2050. To this end, the organization proposes to create a fund with a budget in the billions of dollars for the development of green technologies for shipping and to impose on companies navigation a carbon tax per tonne of fuel oil consumed.
While shipping could indeed achieve zero carbon emissions by the expected date, achieving the goal will require many different elements, including:
- Regulation of energy efficiency;
- Increased production of alternative fuels;
- Creation of a global carbon pricing mechanism;
- Development of “incentives” for pioneers for the introduction of new technologies in the sector;
GLOBAL WATERCRAFT MARKET FORECAST
According to Allied Market Research, a market research company, the overall global value of the motorcycle market in 2021 amounted to 105.5 billion dollars with a significant growth prospect: the projections speak of a growth rate (CAGR) by 8.6% in the period 2022-2031 to reach a total value of 233.51 billion dollars.
In particular, growth – as it is quite legitimate to expect – is estimated to be even more sustained in the Asia-Pacific market (9.7%) in the period considered thanks also to growing income, the need to deal with traffic, the increasing employment, while drivers for growth are – among others – identified in the demand for electric mobility and in the greater search for comfort and safety in the field of two-wheeled transport.
Regarding the greater impact of electric vehicles, the research also highlights the various campaigns that governments around the world are implementing through incentives to facilitate the purchase of an electric two-wheeler, also citing the initiatives of the Indian government regarding the reduction of taxes on electric vehicles from 12% to 5%, not forgetting to signal the efforts to adapt the necessary infrastructure.
Demix Group in collaboration with the CSF DEVELOPMENT group, specialized since 1987 in the creation of nautical innovation concepts, is developing the BARTING and Concept Barting projects. The Barting is an innovative model of electric watercraft, with limited competition on the market, still in the research & development phase, with exceptional quality and predictive performance in terms of speed, range, safety, energy, intelligence, ecology and ergonomics. While the Concept Barting is a recreational center, focused on the nautical practice for the free time of the whole family, whose central activity is the practice of “nautical karting”.
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