A Nanaimo company is one of nine B.C. groups currently in Shanghai trying to capitalize on the hundreds of billions of dollars spent by China on oceanrelated activities each year.
Three employees of Seamor Marine Ltd., a Nanaimo company that makes remotely operated vehicles, or "underwater robots," are currently at the Oceanology International China conference and trade show.
Seamor's "ROVs" collect video from deep in the ocean, and can capture footage of everything from treasure in sunken ships to species that have never been seen.
Seamor sales representative Don Simard said in a phone call from Shanghai that he is was a B.C. pavillion with other companies from the province during the conference, which was held Sept. 3 -5. Now that the conference is over, a week-long series of meetings is happening between the B.C. delegation and research centres throughout East China.
Simard is with marketing associate Terry Knight and company president Robin Li, all of whom are based in Nanaimo and supporting the company's Chinese sales agents.
Simard said it will likely be about a year before they can say whether or not the venture was successful because "business moves slowly in China."
"There's a lot of opportunity here for us here," he said.
According to the provincial government, China's "blue economy plan" for its coastline resulted in almost $400 billion being spent on ocean-related spending in 2012.
B.C. currently has four trade and investment offices across China.
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