Neptune Terminals is a bulk shipping terminal located on the north shore of Burrard Inlet in the Port of Vancouver. We have been operating safety and responsibly for more than 50 years, and are very proud members of the community.
Our terminal is located in North Vancouver, just west of the Iron Workers’ Memorial Bridge and covers 29 hectares (71 acres), plus adjacent water lots.
Neptune is a critical link in the supply chain that transports Canadian commodities to markets all over the world and an integral part of a strong Canadian economy.
Bulk shipping terminals like ours handle commodities that are transported in large quantities without packaging or containerization, and we are one of the largest in North America. Currently, we handle two commodities for export to international markets: Canadian potash and steelmaking coal.
Neptune is owned by two bulk commodity shippers: Canpotex Bulk Terminals Limited, a Canpotex affiliate and Teck Coal Partnership, a subsidiary of Teck Resources Limited. Canpotex is one of the world’s largest exporter of potash. Teck is Canada’s largest diversified resource company, committed to responsible mining and mineral development.
Neptune has the capacity to handle over 23.5 million tonnes of bulk products a year. With the completion of terminal and rail improvement projects currently underway, capacity at the terminal will increase to 30 million tonnes.
History of Terminal
Construction of Neptune Terminals began in 1967, including deep sea berths and the first potash storage shed, still in use on the site today. One year later, the first ship ever to call at Neptune, the M/V Oriental Banker, was loaded with Canadian potash bound for Japan. In May 1970, the first coal ship ever loaded at Neptune, the M/V Reinhard Lorenz Russ, was loaded with cargo bound for Japan. Our business has grown significantly over the years, from 3.2 million tonnes of handling capacity in 1968 to 23.5 million tonnes today. Once current site improvements are complete in 2021, our capacity will grow to approximately 30 million tonnes. All this growth has occurred within our same geographic footprint of 30 hectares.
Meet Neptune's executive and terminal management teams that keep our terminal running safely, monitor our impacts and work to make sure we are a good partner in the community.
What We Ship
From our terminal in North Vancouver, Neptune handles potash from Saskatchewan and steelmaking coal from British Columbia and Alberta.
Neptune operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, with three shifts daily. Our operations primarily involve unloading trains and loading ships, which we’ve been doing safely and responsibly since 1968.