Through a well-attended open house at the Eastern Shore Wildlife Association Lodge, community members had a chance to meet the new operator and learn more about the Halifax Port Authority's transition and management plans.
Federal and provincial representatives were also on hand to welcome the new port managers to the community.
"This new management arrangement has the potential to position Sheet Harbour as a port of choice and economic driver for the region," said Jim Boudreau, Guysborough-Sheet Harbour MLA, on behalf of Percy Paris, Minister of Economic and Rural Development and Tourism.
NSBI signed a contract July 1 with the Halifax Port Authority to assume management responsibilities for the Sheet Harbour Marine Terminal.
"The Port of Sheet Harbour is in good hands with the Halifax Port Authority," said Peter MacKay, Regional Minister for Nova Scotia. "I am confident that the new leadership will help to re-invigorate the port, and that they will work hand-in-hand with the community to bring work to the area and to grow this valuable gateway to the region, to Nova Scotia and to trade corridors beyond our borders."
The Port of Sheet Harbour is provincially owned through NSBI and was constructed by the province in 1989.
"We would like to acknowledge the great work the community members have done in helping this become a reality," said Stephen Lund, president and CEO, NSBI. "We look forward to a successful relationship with both the community and the Halifax Port Authority for years to come."
Nova Scotia Business Inc. worked with the community group Port of Sheet Harbour Governance Committee, during the selection process of the new port manager.
"The community is very optimistic that the new manager will bring the port to new heights. We have a lot of stevedores working away from home who are looking forward to having more opportunities at the port," said Anthony Turner, member of the Port of Sheet Harbour Governance Committee.
The port is well suited for marine and resource-based industry, manufacturing, and container shipping.
"We want to thank the community of Sheet Harbour for the warm welcome they have provided us," said George Malec, vice-president business development and operations, Halifax Port Authority.
"The Port of Sheet Harbour is an important asset to this community and we are committed to growing the business to benefit the local economy."
Nova Scotia Business Inc. manages multiple ports and industrial parks across the province. For more information about ports and industrial parks in Nova Scotia, visit http://nsbi.ca/property .
Nova Scotia Business Inc. is the province's private-sector-led business development agency. Through trade development, investment attraction, business financing and venture capital, NSBI assists local companies and attracts international companies to Nova Scotia.