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30 years of the Ponta da Madeira Maritime Terminal

30 years of the Ponta da Madeira Maritime Terminal

The Ponta da Madeira Maritime Terminal represents one of Vale’s main assets and is one of the most important iron ore and manganese loading terminals in the world.

30 years of the Ponta da Madeira Maritime Terminal  

Impressive size

The terminal is one of the country’s main port structures and is where some of the world’s biggest ships dock.

600,000 m2

in area

55 nautical

miles of access

7 anchoring


1.6 km

access point

25 metres

of depth in Pier IV


National leader

With a skilled workforce and cutting-edge technology, the terminal is the national leader in cargo transport.

Over 110 million

tons in ore are transported per year.


How it works

From Ponta da Madeira to the world

Main destinations

  • China
  • South Korea
  • Holland
  • Omã
  • Italy


For Vale, valuing its people means seeking to construct relationships of quality and trust with employees and service providers. For this reason, the company invests in the development of its internal public with an annual average of over 60,000 hours in training. Development actions involve themes such as health, safety, environment, quality and technical training.


direct employees


permanent contractors


The Ponta da Madeira Maritime Terminal develops a range of actions, including monitoring air quality, combatting waste and water treatment and recycling stations. The sensible use of water at the terminal follows the norms of the Integrated Water Resources Management System, which brings together operational areas in order to reduce consumption, minimize waste production and increase the percentage of water reuse.

Promising future

With construction work to absorb production increases as a result of the S11D project in Carajás, the loading capacity of the terminal will increase to 230 million tons per year in 2018.