Mayor Jon Mitchell and officials with the Harbor Development Commission cut the ribbon Tuesday on a new boat launch service off Pier Three.

The service is located between Pier Three and the State Pier and will transport recreational boaters visiting New Bedford from their vessel to the shore.

Mayor Jon Mitchell says the service was a recommendation of the H-D-C recreational advisory group, that suggested the city take steps to improve the visitor's experience and better connect boaters with shoreside activities.

New Bedford is widely recognized as one of the 50 best ports in North America.