Nova Scotia council passes benefits agreement for container terminal project

GUYSBOROUGH, N.S. – The development of a deep water container terminal for Nova Scotia’s Strait of Canso has passed a couple of administrative hurdles.

Lloyd Hines, warden of the Municipality of the District of Guysborough, says council has passed the community benefits agreement negotiated with Melford International Terminal Inc. and has also approved a motion that will allow municipal officials to acquire land for a railway line.

He says there is hope construction on the multi-million dollar container terminal will start before the end of the year.

In July 2010, American firm Maher Terminals announced it would take an unspecified stake in the terminal and logistics park.

The terminal, which is a private investment venture, will not involve a port authority.