Global Water Taxi Market: Snapshot
A water taxi aka as a sightseeing boat serves to provide public or private transport mostly in urban areas. Water taxi service may operate on a charted route with multiple stops similar to a bus on land, or may operate in a similar manner to a taxi. It differs from a boat service that operates between two points usually known as a ferry.
Water taxi is mostly used for a boat operating on demand contrary to water boat that operates on a schedule. Water taxi service originated around the area that is present day Manchester in United Kingdom.
Water taxi mainly are useful to reach isolated islands or archipelagos that are far-off from main land and where most routine water boats do not operate.
Water taxis are either privately owned by individuals or company owned that are leased on contract basis. Water taxi are usually available on hourly basis, but are also available for few days to few weeks for marine researchers, scientists, scuba divers, marine explorers who need to travel into the deep sea for studies and exploration of marine life. Commercial water boat and ferry are usually not available for such needs hence water taxi is the option.
Water taxi service akin to other modes of transport has gone digital in recent years. Water taxi service in large cities such as in New York can be booked digitally. Most individual owned or company owned water taxi have presence on the World Wide Web via aggregator entertainment sites, recreational sites, or water sport sites.
In the recent past, Ola – the app-based taxi service rolled out commercial water taxi service on the Brahmaputra River.
Global Water Taxi Market: Overview
Water Taxis offer sightseeing opportunities such as waterfront cruises, nature tours, riverfront tours, sunset cruises and this in turn is attracting customers increasingly. The growing number of travel and recreation activities of people today thanks to the rise in the disposable income is one of the key factors boosting the growth of the water taxi market. Water taxis facilitate faster crossing the river and also reduces the overall travel time which in turn is behind their increased adoption. More over water taxis offer multiple benefits such as reduction of traffic congestion on roadways as well as faster point-to-point transportation at a fixed speed.
Global Water Taxi Market: Drivers and Trends
A substantial Improvement of the economic conditions across regions in the world as well as growing spending on leisure activities are some of the factors influencing this Market in a positive manner. Water taxis are also in demand as they are more economic as compared to other modes. The growing prominence of green movement is resulted in a significant demand for electric fairies and this is a trend which is expected to continue in the future years. Electric fairies offer where other benefits such as durability reduction is and human efforts, reduce noise pollution, and reduce water pollution. Advancements in technologies as well as a growing preference for transportation through water taxis are some of the factors that are expected to bode well for the growth of this industry.
In terms of product, the sailboats are anticipated to witness a higher demand. The fairies segment on the other hand is expected to expand the rapid Pace in the years to come on account of the growing preference for people to travel on work through fairies rather than yachts or cruises. In terms of fuel, diesel is leading and is expected to continue to do so in the future on account of the strong presence of this fuel type in the marine industry. Moreover, the presence of diesel driven water taxis is extremely high all across the globe. Hybrid taxis are also expected to show promising growth opportunities in the future. The growing inclination towards green movement will inspire high use of hybrid water taxis in the coming years.
Global Water Taxi Market: Regional Analysis
In terms of geography, Asia-Pacific water taxi market will expand at a substantial rate on account of the growing production of these taxis in these region. Cheap labour and enhance manufacturing facilities available in the Asia-Pacific are some of the other factors bolstering the growth of the water taxi market in the region. In addition to this, the growing preference for marine transport on account of escalating traffic congestion on roadways and railways are some of the other factors driving the public towards water taxi in Asia-Pacific. However it is North America which is leading in the market currently, and it is expected to retain its leading status throughout the forecast period. The region has a well-established marine industry as well as is home to several leading manufacturers of water taxis. Moreover, marine transportation in the region is witnessing high demand in countries such as Canada and the U.S.
Global Water Taxi Market: Key Players
Beneteau Group, Bavaria Yachtbau, Princess, Azimut-Benetti, Brunswick, Catalina Yachts, MacGregor, Ferretti, American Sail Inc, Hunter, and Sunseeker are some of the prominent players within the global water taxi market. The report also studies the recent developments by these players and the various tactics used by them for overcoming challenges faced during their pursuit for success in the competitive water taxi industry.
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Cars significantly more dangerous than guns in New York, new data shows
New York is the safest big city in the country — unless you’re near a car..
Motor vehicles are significantly deadlier than guns in New York, new NYPD data shows.
Crashes involving cars, vans, trucks and buses killed 111 people on city streets during the first six months of 2019, public data shows.
During the same period, 61 people died in shootings, the NYPD says. Those shootings account for 45% of the city’s 135 homicides during 2019′s first half. Police say the city is on a path to have the lowest number of murders since 1950, and that gun deaths over the full year will be 25% down from 2018.
Motor vehicles are also deadlier than guns in car-loving major metros like Los Angeles, Houston and San Diego, data shows.
But in New York, where only one in four residents commute via motor vehicle, data shows that the city has done a much better job of curbing gun violence in recent years than traffic deaths.
For decades, bullets killed more New Yorkers than traffic crashes. Just a decadea go — in 2009 — bullets killed 367 New Yorkers, and motor vehicle crashes killed 324.
But that dynamic flipped in 2012 when the city saw a 22% drop in gun-related homicides. That year, 241 people were killed by bullets, and 278 in traffic crashes.
Since then, 2015 was the only year in which more New Yorkers killed each other with guns than motor vehicles — but it was close: 236 people were killed by guns, and 234 by traffic crashes.
Mayor de Blasio’s administration has presided over historic lows for both homicides and traffic deaths.
Still, as fatal crashes have risen this year — including 15 cyclist deaths to date — street safety advocates have pressured de Blasio to treat car-related deaths as a public health crisis.
Some argue that the mayor’s Vision Zero program, which aims to curb traffic fatalities, is falling flat.
“The safety improvements we’ve seen during the first five years of Vision Zero, while impressive, were achieved without disrupting the car-dominant status quo on our streets,” said Joe Cutrufo, spokesman for street safety group Transportation Alternatives.
“Decades of bad decisions have left us with a stubborn and unfortunate car culture that yields four traffic deaths every single week,” Cutrufo said. “Enough is enough. We can have safer streets if we want them, but it’s going to require bold leadership and the resolve to put the automobile in its proper place.”
De Blasio has repeatedly defended his record on improving traffic safety and curbing crime, but many critics have chided him for kowtowing to community groups who do not want to give up parking spots for street redesigns.
“One death – no matter the cause – is always one too many,” said de Blasio spokeswoman Freddi Goldstein. “As the mayor has said repeatedly, we won’t stop until we have reached Vision Zero on our streets.”
ConEd Faces Heat After Times Square Goes Dark
It lasted all of five hours — and hit just the spot on New York’s power system to take out the lights in Times Square, force the evacuation of Madison Square Garden in the middle of a Jennifer Lopez concert and bring parts of the city’s subway system to a screeching halt.
The Saturday evening blackout on Consolidated Edison Inc.’s grid — extending from about Fifth Avenue to the Hudson River and from the 40s to 72nd Street — was so widespread that it took out much of Midtown, Hell’s Kitchen, Rockefeller Center and the lower reaches of Manhattan’s Upper West Side. Now ConEd, already under fire because of other mechanical breakdowns in recent years, is facing renewed calls to overhaul its network.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio cut short a presidential campaign trip to Iowa and Governor Andrew Cuomo went on television to demand answers from “Mr. ConEd” himself.
Cuomo, expressing frustration over what he described as repeated failures on ConEd’s system, said in an interview with ABC News that he was sending his “top power team” to investigate the incident. He noted that Saturday’s outage took hours to resolve when the utility had said it would take one to two. It struck at 6.47 p.m. Saturday, lasted until about midnight and affected almost 73,000 customers.
“If they don’t give me an answer quickly, I’m going to go to ConEd headquarters,” he said. “If I don’t get a firm answer forthwith, I’ll go speak to Mr. ConEd myself.”
De Blasio, meanwhile, called on city agencies to “get to the bottom” of the incident.
“We’re going to look at this very carefully, not only depend on Con Edison, but we’re going to make sure there’s a very careful review of what happened,” the mayor said on CNN’s “State of the Union” Sunday from Chicago. “We don’t ever want to see it happen again.”
The power failure struck on the anniversary of the historic 1977 blackout that led to widespread looting and other crimes across New York City. And it peeled back disparities between old technology and new: halted subways meant a $2.75 fare ballooned to a $57 Uber primed to surge pricing.
Judge approves new Weinstein legal team led by #MeToo critic
A judge gave Harvey Weinstein the green light Thursday to shake up his defense team yet again — this time a mere two months before the disgraced movie mogul whose case inspired the #MeToo movement is due to stand trial in New York on sexual assault charges.
One lawyer had already bolted amid public backlash. Now Jose Baez, known for representing high-profile clients such as Casey Anthony, is out after saying he and Weinstein just can’t get along. Donna Rotunno, a #MeToo critic specializing in defending men accused of sexual misconduct, and Damon Cheronis are in.
The judge, James Burke, approved the swap after questioning Weinstein to ensure it was what he wanted and getting the new lawyers to promise they won’t seek to delay the trial from its scheduled Sept. 9 start.
Baez signaled last month that he wanted to leave the case, telling Burke in a letter that Weinstein had tarnished their relationship by communicating only through other lawyers and by failing to abide by a fee agreement.
Weinstein engaged in behavior that made representing him “unreasonably difficult to carry out effectively” and insisted on taking actions “with which I have fundamental disagreements,” Baez wrote.
Bounding out of the courtroom Thursday after getting sprung from the case, Baez said: “I feel like I won the lottery. Just kidding.”
Weinstein responded through his spokesman, saying: “With a lawyer like Donna Rotunno, I feel like I’m the one who won the lottery.”
Rotunno has espoused a philosophy that the #MeToo movement, spurred by revelations about Weinstein’s alleged behavior, is overblown and that women are “responsible for the choices they make.”
“I chose to represent Harvey Weinstein because I think these are the types of cases that lawyers that do what I do live for,” Rotunno said outside the courthouse after the hearing.
“It gives us an opportunity to have a forum to speak what we believe, and I believe that the facts and evidence in this case are actually very favorable to Mr. Weinstein.”
Gloria Allred, who represents one of the accusers in the criminal case, offered a different perspective, saying: “I agree that women are responsible for their own choices, but when will Mr. Weinstein be held responsible for his?”
Rotunno and Cheronis practice in Chicago.
They join three New York City lawyers: Arthur Aidala, whose clients have included rapper 50 Cent and former Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz; Diana Fabi Samson; and Barry Kamins, who as a judge oversaw New York City’s criminal courts.
The lawyers and prosecutors said they’ll work out a schedule for exchanging witness lists and for prosecutors to turn over evidence, such as emails from Weinstein’s movie studio that pertain to potential witnesses.
Baez is the latest defection from what was once seen as a modern version of O.J. Simpson’s “dream team” of attorneys. Harvard law professor Ronald Sullivan left in May amid backlash about his involvement.
Sullivan’s involvement in the case drew protests from some students and faculty members on the Cambridge, Massachusetts, campus. Buildings were defaced with graffiti that included the slogans “Down w Sullivan!”, “Your Silence is Violence” and “Whose Side Are You On?”
Thursday’s hearing on the lawyer switch played out in open court, but two conversations among the judge and lawyers happened in secrecy.
After approving Baez’s request to withdraw from the case, Burke called him to the bench for a one-on-one chat that lasted about five minutes with no court reporter to transcribe the conversation.
Later, he called all the lawyers to the bench for a 10-minute discussion of how they’ll proceed when it comes time for jury selection. Again, there was no court reporter to make a record of the conversation.
Aidala appeared perturbed by what he called the judge’s “extended private conversation” with Baez. He asked whether he could also approach the bench, but Burke waved him off.
Weinstein, 67, is charged with raping a woman in 2013 and performing a forcible sex act on a different woman in 2006. He denies the allegations, has pleaded not guilty and is free on $1 million bail.
Baez and Sullivan started representing Weinstein in January, when the former movie producer overhauled his legal team for the first time. That happened after his original lawyer, Benjamin Brafman, lost a hard-fought bid to get the case thrown out.
Pamela Robillard Mackey, who represented Kobe Bryant in his 2003 Colorado sexual assault case, and ex-Manhattan prosecutor Duncan Levin were also hired in January and have since left.
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