Jurgen Franke loves the North Shore. He’s lived here for 14 years and when he’s not working in his garden, he enjoys skiing at Cypress, biking and hiking with his family. While he’s no stranger to the community, he’s definitely a new face to Neptune Terminals. Having joined six months ago, he has been keeping busy as Neptune’s Engineering and Environment Manager.
“I’ve always wanted to work at Neptune Terminals,” he says. “The terminal always stood out as best in class in the industry.” He is proud to be a part of a team that keeps integrity, safety, the environment and the community top of mind.
There’s a lot that happens at Neptune and Jurgen is responsible for making sure that all the building and re-building is environmentally sound and safe. He is currently leading the review of the Low Level Road Overpass extension to ensure that it meets all environmental compliances and that meets terminal operating requirements, not just for the next five years, but for the next 50.
Environmental responsibility is a core value and part of Neptune’s culture, but it requires constant diligence. In addition to ensuring that Neptune’s operations adhere to all environmental regulations, Jurgen develops and renews Neptune’s environmental management system to make sure that all employees are trained, updated and informed.
In addition to participating in numerous audits and reviews (including the Green Marine program) "to make sure we are doing everything right," Jurgen and his team participate in Climate Smart™, the North Shore Waterfront Liaison Committee and the Burrard Inlet Action Plan. He notes that Neptune is very proactive and continually aims to stay “one-step ahead” - an important characteristic in an industry that is constantly evolving.