Valemax

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Valemax

Did you know that Vale operates with the Valemaxes, considered the most efficient ships in the world? From 2011 to 2017, we had in our fleet 35 of these ships, which we call the first-generation Valemax. They emit 35% less greenhouse gases than Capesize ships, which are the standard freighters for ore transportation.

In 2018, with the investment in environmental innovation and sustainability, we started to operate with the second generation of Valemaxes, even less polluting than all other ships. Also known as green ships, the second generation of Valemaxes emit 41% less greenhouse gases per tonne per mile transported compared to the Capesize fleet.By the end of 2019 there will be 32 second generation Valemaxes vessels, completing a fleet of 67 Valemaxes operating and contributing to transport ore in an increasingly efficient and clean way.

Valemax's X-Ray

46.000 tons of steel 125.000 liters of paint in construction
Basement walls reinforced to withstand the pressure of the load. 400 thousand tons of load. Enough to build 400 thousand cars.
7 tanks Each has the size of a tennis court.
65m wine - Its surface is the size of three football fields. Or even a de 22-floor building.
362 meters It can be compared to 26 popular cars lined up or the height of the Eiffel Tower which is 324 meters.
Propeller with 10.3m diameter.
22 people make up the crew, the same as a small-sized commercial ship.
30 thousand horsepower With 7 cylinders and 4.6 m high, its main engine has about 20,000 m³.
Average speed of 15 knots, which is similar to 28km/h.
16 billion thons loaded per hour and in two days fully loaded.

Valemax ships are designed to sail for 30 years

In this period, the Valemax...

During this period it will sail 2.8 million nautical miles.

And will transport 48 million tons of steel.

6x the distance from Earth to the Moon

12 laps around the Earth.

385 Golden Gate bridges.

4.383 Eiffel Towers

Routes of Valemax

Valemax ships dock regularly at ten ports, plus two floating Vale stations in the Philippines.
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Ponta da Madeira Rotterdam (The Netherlands) Taranto (Italy) Tubarão Sohar (Oman) The Philippines Japan (Kashima, Kmitsu e Oita) Korea
Approximate
time arrival
15 days
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Valemax: efficiency and savings