A three-member Board of Port Commissioners governs the Port of Shelton. Elected to four-year terms, the Commissioners establish policies that are implemented by the Port of Shelton staff. The Board is charged with representing the public interest in setting policy and program direction. The Board sets short- and long-term goals for the Port of Shelton, approves the annual budget, and helps develop leadership within the Port of Shelton.
Hammersley Inlet connects Puget Sound to Oakland Bay and the Port of Shelton. About eight nautical miles long, the narrow, winding Inlet has unpredictable currents where experienced boaters can navigate without problems. Hammersley Inlet, which feeds saltwater to Oakland Bay and the Port of Shelton, has abundant clams and oysters and is popular with recreational boaters and kayakers. A tug boat lane serves the mill in the Port of Shelton.
The Oakland Bay Marina in the Port of Shelton has 109 moorage slips, a boat launch, and a pump-out station. The marina offers both permanent and guest moorage.
The Port of Shelton has two Foreign-Trade Zone sites. The Port of Shelton is home to Johns Prairie Industrial Park, a 154-hectare park for heavy industrial and manufacturing tenants. Sanderson Field Industrial Park is a 426-hectare site with a small general aviation airport that serves private aircraft and a charter plane and helicopter service, Olympic Air. Sanderson Field also hosts several light industrial tenants.