Logistics

Logistics

Logistics

Vale has a logistics network that integrates mines, railroads, ships, and ports for fast and safe transportation of ore. Our infrastructure is used in Brazil, Indonesia, Mozambique, Oman, Malaysia, and China.

Our logistics structure also carries third-party cargo and offers two passenger train lines in Brazil – Vitória-Minas railroad (EFVM) and Carajás railroad.

Railroads

Vale operates nearly 2 thousand kilometers of railroad network in Brazil and has signed agreements to use some lines in Africa, creating one of its major competitive advantages. There are still two important long-distance rail branches in operation for passenger trains.

Vitória-Minas Railroad

Country: Brazil

Extension: 905 kilometers

Load transported:
Vale's iron ore and general third-party cargo – coal and agricultural products.

Main connection points: Iron ore operations from the interior of Minas Gerais to the port of Tubarão (Espírito Santo).

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Passenger Train on Vitória-Minas Railroad

Trains depart daily from Cariacica (Vitória, Espírito Santo) to Belo Horizonte (Minas Gerais) and in the opposite direction. There is also an additional train between Itabira and Nova Era, both in Minas Gerais. Passenger train is annually used by almost 1 million people.

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Carajás Railroad

Country: Brazil

Extension: 972 kilometros

Load transported:
Iron ore, pig iron, manganese, copper, fuel, and coal.

Main connection points: From Minas de Carajás (Pará) to Ponta da Madeira maritime terminal (Maranhão).

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Passenger Train on Carajás Railroad

The train departs on Mondays, Thursdays, and Saturdays on the rail branches between São Luís (Maranhão) and Parauapebas (Pará); it goes through 25 locations – villages and municipalities in the region. The structure offers cafeteria, restaurant, exclusive railroad car for wheelchair users, air conditioning, and on-board service. The passenger train is annually used by almost 350 thousand people.

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Vale Tourist Train

This train is operated on an 18-km rail branch between the cities of Ouro Preto and Mariana, in Minas Gerais. This Tourist Train is the result of the revitalization of an old railroad built in 1883 and its four stations. The railroad cars and the locomotive were also refurbished to preserve their original characteristics and provide a real journey through time.

Nacala Corridor

Country: Mozambique

It aims to connect Moatize coal mine to Nacala-à-Velha, where Vale built a deep-draft seaport, refurbished 682 kilometers of railroads, and built a 230-kilometer rail branch. The corridor crosses southern Malawi, a country neighboring Mozambique.

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Ports and Terminals

To integrate operations in the five continents, Vale has a network of ports and terminals connected to the mines through railroads. Among them are deep-draft ports suitable for Valemax. The structures are used in Brazil, Indonesia, Malaysia, and Oman; in addition, they provide cargo services for third parties.

Tubarão port

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Ponta Madeira terminal

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Itaguaí terminal

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Ilha Guaíba terminal

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Gregório Curvo terminal

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Sohar port

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Teluk Rubiah terminal

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Balantang Special port

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Tanjung Mangkasa

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Nueva Palmira

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Nacala-à-Velha

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Tubarão port

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Ponta Madeira terminal

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Itaguaí terminal

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Ilha Guaíba terminal

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Gregório Curvo terminal

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Sohar port

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Teluk Rubiah terminal

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Balantang Special port

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Tanjung Mangkasa

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Nueva Palmira

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Nacala-à-Velha

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Global ship tracking

The line of ships in our ports is available for viewing on the GPV Dashboard application. If you are a registered user, use your login to access. If you do not have access to the tool, submit your request to vessels.lineup@vale.com including the completed form. The request will be analyzed.

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