Summer 2018

Capilano University and Neptune Terminals team up to celebrate 50 years on the North Shore

North Vancouver is a diverse community with heavy industry, small business, tourism institutions and even a major post-secondary institution. Two of those entities, Neptune Terminals and Capilano University, have been operating here for 50 years, making them key building blocks in the foundation of the North Shore.

At Neptune, we are proud to be partnering with Capilano University during its milestone celebration. To mark our respective anniversaries and share our stories with the community, CapU and Neptune have teamed up for a year of celebrations.

Since its inception in 1968, Capilano University has grown from a small community college to a mature post-secondary institution known for its quality education, engaging programs, beautiful North Shore campus and dedication to scholastic excellence. Students and alumni go on to change the world and challenge the status quo in all walks of life. Neptune is a long-term partner of the university, supporting students through annual scholarships, bursaries for international study experiences, guest lectures by our staff and terminal tours for students and their instructors eager to see supply chain management and international business operations first-hand.

Neptune will be celebrating alongside Capilano University, its students, staff and faculty all year long, beginning with CapFest on September 22nd. The public is invited down to enjoy the festivities and learn a bit about the history and future plans of these two foundational North Shore institutions.

Neptune and A4K Get Kids Swimming

Each year, one in three Canadian children miss out on participating in organized sports due to financial barriers. As a business on North Vancouver’s waterfront, Neptune believes swimming is a life skill and every child should have the opportunity to take swimming lessons. We’re very proud to partner with Athletics for Kids (A4K) to help make this happen, and we are so touched by the heartfelt message shared with us by one local family who has benefited from the program.

As a privately funded charity, A4K provides individual grants to help families manage the expense of having their children’s organized sports.

Want to change a life this summer? Please consider supporting this amazing organization here.

ImPORTant Connections with the North Vancouver Chamber

On June 26th, the North Vancouver Chamber of Commerce hosted ‘ImPORTant Connections’ – an event designed to connect local businesses with waterfront sector companies like Neptune Terminals.

At the event, Neptune connected with Ken Savage, a senior project manager at Sacré-Davey – a North Vancouver consulting engineering firm. Ken, who was born and raised in North Vancouver, commented: “We need companies operating here that emphasize safety, service, integrity, quality, and community. Buying locally and supporting local vendors helps us all and makes our community better for it.”

“It impressed me how much the waterfront businesses we met at the Chamber event emphasize the importance of community engagement. You don’t hear about it often in the news,” Ken notes.  “Sacré-Davey and Neptune, like other companies based on the North Shore provide local jobs and support local charities. I think it’s great. The Chamber event served to highlight the tightknit community that we’re lucky to be a part of.”


Summer 2018 Terminal Tours

There is nothing we enjoy more than welcoming our neighbours to our terminal, where they can get a first-hand look at Neptune at work. On June 28th and again on July 26th we hosted our first terminal tours of 2018. Close to 160 people showed up to see our facilities, our operations and environmental systems, and learn about the products we handle for export all over the world.

Missed your chance in June and July? No problem. There are two upcoming tour dates:

  • Thursday, August 23, 2018
  • Saturday, September 29, 2018

Find out more about our terminal tours and register here.

50 Years of History at Neptune

Fifty years ago, the first ship was loaded at Neptune’s docks. As we mark our 50th anniversary, we are taking a look back at some of the significant milestones of our first half century in North Vancouver.

Neptune Terminals Milestones:

  • 1967 – Construction begins at Neptune Terminals, including deep sea berths and the first potash storage shed, still in use on our site today.
  • July 1968 – The first ship ever to call at Neptune, the M/V Oriental Banker, was loaded with 5,669 tonnes of potash bound for Japan. Neptune continues to handle potash today, mined in Saskatchewan and exported for use as a fertilizer to markets like Brazil, China, India, Malaysia and Indonesia.
  • May 1970 – The first coal ship ever loaded at Neptune, the M/V Reinhard Lorenz Russ was loaded with 28,947 tonnes bound for Japan. Neptune still handles steelmaking coal, mined in the Elk Valley of British Columbia and in Alberta, for export to global markets including Asia and Europe.
  • 1992 –Neptune constructs its second potash shed, which has a current storage capacity of 100,000 metric tonnes.
  • 2013 – Neptune’s new stacker reclaimer – manufactured in Sidney, BC – arrives and is put into action.
  • 2018 – Neptune Terminals proudly celebrates our 50th anniversary on the North Shore.

Neptune has operated safely and responsibly for 50 years, and strives to be a good neighbor. We look forward to being a valued member of the community for at least 50 more years to come.

Team Profile: Meet Jeff Crawford

Jeff Crawford is Director of Marine Logistics at Neptune Bulk Terminals in North Vancouver.

Jeff grew up on the North Shore, and feels fortunate to have raised his own family here.  He joined Neptune in 1988, shortly after earning his Bachelor’s degree in economics and geography at UBC, so 2018 marks his 30th anniversary at the company.

Day-to-day, Jeff handles all aspects of shareholder and customer service activities and coordinates logistics planning to successfully ship the Canadian steelmaking coal and potash, as well as the phosphate rock that move through Neptune Terminals.  In his own words he says, “I enjoy the challenge of solving problems and providing opportunities for Neptune’s shareholder customers.”

As a Neptune employee, Jeff is proud of the company’s local community investment initiatives, particularly the support provided for youth and seniors organizations, and the commitment to North Shore business through the company’s “buy local program.”  One of his most resonating memories is of the time the waterfront industry community, led by Neptune, came together at the North Shore Waterfront Gala to raise funds to rebuild the Norgate Novaco Daycare – operated by North Shore Neighborhood House – after it burnt down in 2013.  “Our first family home was in the Norgate neighborhood and it meant a lot to me that the company I work for was involved in such a critical project for that community,” Jeff recalls.

Jeff gains further work satisfaction from leading community tours at the terminal. He enjoys meeting Neptune’s neighbors and sharing information that gives them an understanding of what Neptune does on the North Shore. He encourages anyone who is curious about the terminal to participate in a community tour, which is an excellent opportunity to meet our people, ask questions, and get up close to what happens at Neptune Terminals.

“Neptune is a world-class bulk terminal handling Canadian commodities that help feed people and build communities around the world. I am a proud Neptune employee. I bring passion to what I do every day, and feel very fortunate to live and work in the North Shore community.”

Construction Updates

Neptune Terminals Steelmaking Coal Handling System Upgrade

Work is ongoing to build steelmaking coal handling upgrades at Neptune Terminals. This project has received all required permits from the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority. At this time, we have begun construction of the new railcar dumper building. Construction of these upgrades will take place between July 20, 2018 and August 2020.

Click here to see the Construction Notice for our ‘Steelmaking Coal Handling System Update’.

 Neptune Terminals Extension to Low Level Rd. Overpass

Neptune Terminals has begun construction of an extension to the existing Low Level Road overpass to create a ramp leading directly into Neptune. This section of road will be private, on Neptune leased land and not intended for public traffic. It will be used for heavy industrial transportation vehicles and to enhance safety by enabling easier access for emergency vehicles.

Click here to see our notice for Neptune Terminals Extension to Low Level Rd. Overpass.