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50 Years of History at Neptune

Company news 50 years history

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.