The town's port committee has high hopes for the future of the local wharf
By Amy Woolvett
The Town of Shelburne will be asked to look at a possible $10-million upgrade to the government wharf.
The town wharf has been receiving attention from companies like Shell and Cooke Aquaculture and members of the port committee want the facility to be ready.
“The potential for big client revenue is there,” said Tony Mahaney, chair of the port authority committee.
He said the meetings with prospective clients were exploratory in nature.
“Nothing is concrete,” said Mahaney.
Earlier this year the committee needed to pare back its budget on several short term projects but that hasn’t stopped its members from dreaming big for the future.
They hope to expand the existing wharf to include a few hundred feet of new wharf and finger docks.
He said the wharf would need to accommodate bigger clients and be ready to meet their needs.
Cooke Aquaculture, once a planned processing facility is built, would need to potentially haul millions of fish in and out of the area via the wharf.
If future offshore oil exploration turns into oil development, Shell would need a staging area for their needs as well.
Currently, the wharf breaks even with slight revenue.
Mahaney said while it would be great to see a much larger margin of profit, he says that is not the real reason for the wharf expansion.
“It will allow the potential for growth and economic development and hopefully employment,” he said.