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Luxury Problem? This Start-up Wants to Dispose of the Garbage of Rich Yacht Owners

If the rich yacht owners do not want to dispose of their own garbage during the boat holiday, the Italian start-up Waste Boat Service will help.

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Here is a problem most of us probably did not even know existed: garbage collection for luxury yachts. Yes, when the rich and beautiful vacation on their rich and beautiful boats at the Côte d’Azur or around the Balearic Islands, they inevitably generate garbage.

In fact, this is not only a problem for luxury yachts, but generally for all boaters. After all, if you are at sea for several days or weeks, you will have garbage on board. Actually, according to certain regulations, this garbage should be stored on the boat and then disposed of at the next port. But many water-bound tourists, and apparently, especially owners of yachts, have no desire to wait so long, or simply don’t know how to store their trash for so long without turning their boat into a smelly trash dump.

The sea becomes the garbage dump

In addition, the regulations of the maritime authorities are very strict. For example, sewage can not simply be disposed of in the sea. Under certain circumstances, organic waste can be thrown into the water, but only when the waste is “chopped up” and fits through a screen with 25 millimeter openings. These regulations may be too complicated for many boat owners.

The consequence: a large part of the garbage from boats is thrown over the rail into the sea. Thus, large ecosystems like the Mediterranean become practically a waste disposal site.

So, it is now clear that garbage disposal for holiday boats is much more important than it may sound at first. And it is also clear that a crucial service has been lacking. This is precisely why the Italian start-up Waste Boat Service is now filling this gap in the market. WBS is specifically targeting luxury yachts. “True luxury respects the environment,” says the company’s website.

The offer is quite clever because it kills two birds with one stone. Firstly, the yachting holidaymakers are saved from an annoying task (who wants to take care of garbage while vacationing on a luxury yacht?). Secondly, the service keeps  the garbage from ending up in the sea.

Waste Boat Service, according to its own data, adheres strictly to the applicable regulations, including MARPOL 73/78, the International Convention for the prevention of marine pollution by ships.

On the one hand, WBS offers regular pick-up trips, similar to weekly garbage collection. Customers can, however, also request on-demand collection service, the “On-Call Collection Services.” The price is set based on the location, frequency of the service and the volume of waste.

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Price Discrimination? How Travel Portals Fool You Without You Noticing

Price discrimination is called the largely hidden practice, with which travel portals in the net partially show completely different prices to the users for the same offer

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How much is a flight to Tenerife? What do you pay for a rental car in Tuscany? That depends on the user! Price discrimination is a largely hidden practice where travel portals show completely different prices to different users for the same service – depending on things like their location, device, browser or even use of Wikipedia.

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Get Ready to Fly: The First Flying Train Is on the Way!

Imagine you sit comfortably in the train compartment and in a few minutes the whole thing turns into an airplane – and you take off.

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Imagine you are sitting comfortably in the compartment of a train, then within just a few moments the whole thing has turned into an airplane – and you take off. That sounds like a scene from a science fiction film. But according to a few French engineers, this could soon become reality.

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Expansion In The USA: Flixbus Challenges Greyhound

Flixbus goes USA. The German long-distance bus operator has officially announced today that Flixbus is planning to expand its US operations.

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Since Flixbus has already built a presence in 26 countries in Europe and transported over 30 million passengers last year, the long-distance bus company is now looking to try its luck across the pond. It is not yet clear when Flixbus plans to start its business and which routes will be offered. However, the first location and headquarters of Flixbus in the USA has already been established: Los Angeles.  “A small team is already on site and is responsible for setting up the American headquarters,”says Flixbus.

Greyhound is the biggest competitor

In the USA, Flixbus will have to compete with Greyhound, the bus company with the widest route network and the largest share of the bus market in the United States. Greyhound employs around 7,000 people and transports 18 million passengers per year. Greyhound is not the only competition, however. Megabus has also built up a considerable route network throughout the country.

But Flixbus founder André Schwämmlein believes that the American market is ready for a new player. “The American mobility market is undergoing significant change – public transport and sustainable travel are becoming increasingly important,” says Schwämmlein.

Flixbus wants to operate in the USA according to the same business model as in Europe. Flixbus does not operate its own buses, but works with medium-sized bus companies on site. “The same principle is to be followed in the United States of America, too.”

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