Port of Tubarão in Espírito Santo can now operate with fully laden Valemax ships

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4/9/2013

Port of Tubarão in Espírito Santo can now operate with fully laden Valemax ships

Port of Tubarão

Following dredging work, the Port of Tubarão, in Espírito Santo, Brazil, can now accommodate fully laden Valemax ships, with a draft (the vertical distance between the waterline and the bottom of the hull) of up to 23 metres. The first loading operation, involving cargo weighing 400,000 metric tons, is expected in the second half of April.

Approval for the port’s use of Valemax ships was granted by the Brazilian Navy through the Port Authority of Espírito Santo on Monday, April 1 – the port’s 47th anniversary. Cutting-edge technologies were used to dredge the port’s shipping channel, increasing its depth from 22.5 to 25.3 metres. The 22-month project took place while the port was operating fully.

The Port of Tubarão covers an area of 18 square kilometres in the city of Vitória. It has three maritime terminals operated by Vale: an iron ore maritime terminal, Praia Mole Terminal and the Diverse Products Terminal.

Integrated logistics

To transport our products to our customers, we use a network of modern, efficient ports and terminals, many of them connected to our mines by railways. We operate port facilities in Argentina, Brazil, Indonesia, Malaysia and Oman. Our ports handle third parties’ goods as well as our own. Find out more.

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Port of Tubarão in Espírito Santo can now operate with fully laden Valemax ships