Neptune Bulk Terminals

Vancouver, British Columbia

Neptune Bulk Terminals (Canada) Ltd. (Neptune) is a joint venture of bulk commodity handlers, including Canpotex Bulk Terminals Limited?–?a company affiliate.? Neptune has over 35 years of experience in shipping potash and fertilizers through the Port of Vancouver and boasts modern, state-of-the-art equipment and handling processes. Canpotex ships the majority of its potash through this facility.


Site Features

  • Operational since 1967, Neptune?operates under a long-term lease agreement with the Port of Vancouver in accordance with federal, provincial and local government regulations
  • A joint venture with Teck Coal, located at Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Operated by Neptune Management Group reporting to the Neptune Board of Directors with Canpotex representation
  • Located on 71 acres of land on Vancouver’s Burrard Inlet between the First and Second Narrows bridges; this location provides excellent deep water access and sheltered loading for large ocean-going vessels
  • Coal is handled at the terminal through separate handling facilities
  • The terminal has two berths in potash service (Berth 2 and Berth 3)
  • Operations also include phosphate rock imports of approximately 1 million tonnes/year


  • Canpotex’s footprint at the site includes rail tracks that can accommodate two potash unit trains on-site, or 340?railcars
  • Two enclosed gravity-fed dumper pits can accommodate four railcars each, reducing operational risk


  • The terminal has two large warehouses capable of storing approximately 210,000 tonnes of potash
  • An A-frame warehouse, with 110,000 tonnes ?of potash storage capacity, can be subdivided into several sections making it ideal for handling a variety of potash grades. Potash is reclaimed from the bottom of the warehouse and delivered to either Berth 2 or Berth?3
  • A separate cathedral warehouse (commissioned by Canpotex in 1994), with 100,000 ?tonnes of storage capacity, has a fertilizer portal reclaimer which automatically delivers potash to either Berth 2 or Berth 3 at a rated capacity of up to 6,000?tonnes/hour

Delivery System

  • Conveyor configuration can deliver product to storage or directly to the vessel
  • Berth 2 has two quadrant shiploaders that can operate simultaneously, each with a rated capacity of 2,500?tonnes/hour each
  • Berth 3 has a single linear shiploader capable of loading 2,500 tonnes/hour
  • Both berths can load either red or white potash
  • Cascade chutes “gently” deposit potash into the vessel hold. There are separate chutes for red and white potash


Berth Specifications


Berth 2

Berth 3

Dock Face

230 metres

250 metres

Vessel L.O.A.

250 metres (maximum)

230 metres (maximum)

Draft Alongside

15.4 metres

13.7 metres

Air Draft

19 metres

17.7 metres

Vessel Capacity

125,000 tonnes deadweight (maximum)

65,000 tonnes deadweight (maximum)

Loading Rate

Rated capacity of 5,000 tonnes/hour

Average rated capacity of 2,500 tonnes/hour for potash


  • Two quadrant shiploaders

  • Separate cascade chutes for red and white potash

  • Single linear shiploader

  • Separate cascade chutes for red and white potash

  • Curved pipe conveyor for product delivery

Other Resources

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Terminal Contacts

Media Enquiries

Lisa Dooling

Director of Community & Stakeholder Engagement

Neptune Bulk Terminals (Canada) Ltd.

Suite 100 - 340 Brooksbank Avenue

North Vancouver, BC V7J 2C1




Terminal Operations

Claus Thornberg


Neptune Bulk Terminals (Canada) Ltd.

Suite 100 - 340 Brooksbank Avenue

North Vancouver, BC V7J 2C1