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Marine Institute hosts trade delegation from India

Visitors from India experienced the MI bridge simulator.

By Darcy MacRae

The Marine Institute (MI) hosted a delegation from India earlier this month, representing companies and organizations taking part in a trade mission to Atlantic Canada from Aug. 31 to Sept. 4.

The delegates from India began their tour of the Marine Institute with a visit to MI’s Centre for Sustainable Aquatic Resources. They then proceeded to the Marine Institute’s Centre for Marine Simulation, where they experienced a virtual boat ride through the narrows of St. John’s harbour courtesy MI’s full motion, full mission bridge simulator.

The tour of MI by the Indian delegation concluded with presentations from the Marine Institute’s School of Ocean Technology, the Center for Aquaculture and Seafood Development and from the Offshore Safety and Survival Centre.
“It was a productive day for all parties involved and we enjoyed the opportunity to showcase the Marine Institute to a group of individuals who are interested in doing business in Newfoundland and Labrador and throughout Atlantic Canada,” said Glenn Blackwood, executive director, Marine Institute.
The companies and organizations taking part in the trade mission represent a broad cross-section of India’s economy, including sectors such as information and communications technology, manufacturing and shipping. The mission is organized by the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA) as a follow up to the successful Atlantic Gateway business mission to India that took place in February 2008.

The objectives of the mission are to promote trade between Atlantic Canada and India, build on the growing international trade potential of the Atlantic Gateway, and examine related business opportunities that can be developed in the short to medium-term.

The trade mission is being organized by ACOA in collaboration with the World Trade Centre Atlantic Canada.

After leaving the Marine Institute on Thursday, the trade delegation from India travelled to Halifax, NS to continue their mission. While in the Atlantic provinces, the Indian companies will be matched with counterparts to explore new business opportunities and to participate in a five-day program to learn more about Atlantic Canada, its business community, and the Atlantic Gateway.