OCTA Innovation Newsletter #12-2018

OCTA Innovation Newsletter #12-2018

Green transport, green business, green OCTs. Bikes, electrical bikes and electrical cars are way to go in the OCTs. Introduction of electric vehicles helps to reduce CO2-emissions and the dependence on petroleum. Implementing green transport in OCTs, could help at the same time to be economically better and to stay uncontaminated. Countries that rely on low air pollutant emitting fuel mixes may gain a lot in terms of avoided external costs. The benefits extend in protection of environment and enhancement of economy especially in green business and tourism.

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The Dutch government support

The Dutch government support

The hurricanes Irma and Maria caused significant damage on Caribbean Islands. Because of destroyed connections, trade and tourist flows have stopped almost entirely. A temporary ferry connection was established between Saba, Statia and St. Kitts. St. Kitts is connected to international and local air links which can help to revitalise tourism. This service provides the opportunity for visitors and locals to travel between the islands, which creates the possibility for the tourism industry to survive during a difficult period. This agreement would not be possible without the cooperation and assistance of the Ministry of Economic Affairs in the Netherlands.

To support entrepreneurs, Dutch government secured 2.48 million euros available to the governments. Entrepreneurs can ask for a refunding request in case they have lost a large part of their turnover due to the consequences of the hurricane. With this scheme, the government helps companies interested in tourism to overcome this difficult period of reconstruction.

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The shortest landstrip in Saba

The shortest landstrip in Saba

Juancho E. Yrausquin Airport, the Saba’s Ariport, is recognised as one of the most scenic airports (Travel Galleries, Privatefly 2017) and is known all over the world having the shortest commercial runway in the world, only 400m long. Jet aircraft are unable to land at Juancho E. Yrausquin Airport, due to the runway length, but small propellor aircraft and helicopters can land there.

The airport’s risky reputation arises from the airport’s physical position: it is flanked on one side by high hills; and on the runway’s other side and both ends, cliffs drop into the sea. Due to the island’s vertical shape, this strip makes for one of the trickiest landings (and take offs) in the world. Simply seeing Saba from the air makes for one of the most fascinating sites in the world, too.

 Just a 20 minute ride from St. Maarten, Saba is worth a visit for the air experience alone.

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Les premières Bee-Bee XS à Saint-Barth!

Les premières Bee-Bee XS à Saint-Barth!

La Collectivité de Saint-Barthélemy a été choisie pour recevoir les premiers modèles de Bee-Bee XS, une voiture électrique destinée principalement aux professionnels du tourisme et aux collectivités locales.

Lors de la journée mobilité verte du 3 décembre 2016 à Saint-Barthélemy, la Bee-Bee XS, une voiture électrique produite et conçue en France, a été présentée. Le choix de Saint-Barthélemy n’est pas anodin. La Bee-Bee XS a été conçue pour répondre aux besoins des professionnels du tourisme, du loisir et des activités de plein air, ainsi que pour les particuliers résidant en région balnéaire ou en villégiature. Les concepteurs de cette automobile précisent même que « les Caraïbes, constituent une véritable rampe de lancement » de son offre à l’international.

À Saint-Barthélemy, c’est l’ancien pilote des 24h du Mans et du rallye de Dakar, Bruno Miot établi depuis 20 ans dans la Collectivité qui a choisi de relever ce défi: lancer une automobile répondant aux exigences de Saint-Barthélemy, notamment ses côtes raides et son climat tropical. Soucieux du développement durable de Saint-Barthélemy, Bruno Miot a déjà orienté son offre de véhicules vers l’électrique. Une démarche soutenue par la Collectivité, qui a prévu l’installation d’ombrières sur l’ile, utilisables en libre-service.

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