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Vale in Maranhão

Our Maranhão operations are highly strategic for mining in Brazil.

The state supports the logistics of exporting ore production, through the transportation from the Carajás Railway to the Ponta da Madeira Maritime Terminal, which distributes to consumer markets around the world, especially China, one of the largest buyers of ore in current times. 

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Valuing Maranhão’s culture also means valuing the people who keep it alive and strong.

In this edition, we share initiatives by the Vale Cultural Institute to preserve and strengthen this theme via the Cultural Incentive Law.

Among other projects, we ran an exhibition called “An Overview of the São Luís World Heritage Site,” marking the 25th anniversary of the historic downtown’s status as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Projections and lots of interactivity took place inside a giant inflatable set up on the island’s squares and public spaces.

To find out more about this and other Vale initiatives in Maranhão, access the full report.


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Ponta da Madeira Complex

Initiatives such as improving water management, controlling air quality in areas surrounding our operations and preserving forest areas are some examples of the our operations in the region. Our priority is to invest in the continuous improvement of processes and in the strengthening of our commitment to dialogue with society and ensure its sustainable development. 

Photographer: Ricardo Teles


Caravana nos Trilhos 

With Caravana nos Trilhos, we seek to promote activities regarding education, health and safety on the railroad. The activities also offer entertainment and recreation for children, youth and adults from the communities surrounding the Carajás Railroad.  

Photographer: Ricardo Teles

Youth and adult education

In Açailândia, the Vale Foundation promotes a project aimed at Youth and Adult Education (EJA). We develop ongoing training for teachers and school managers, contributing to the preparation of these professionals to work with EJA. With this, we seek to strengthen the mobilization of community leaders so that young people and adults who have dropped out of school can resume their studies and expand their social and citizen participation. 

Photographer: Ricardo Teles


Ponta da Madeira logistics

The ore transported by Vale travels 979 kilometers along the Carajás Railway (EFC) until it reaches the Ponta da Madeira Railway Complex. Upon arriving at the train yard, the set of 330 wagons is subdivided into lots and goes to the wagon dumpers. The ore then arrives at the Ponta Madeira Port terminal, consisting of three piers, and fills the vessels that depart to customers around the world. 

Photographer: Ricardo Teles


The Ponta da Madeira Maritime Terminal was the first port in the world to operate Valemax ships. These ships are larger than the Eiffel Tower, capable of transporting up to 400,000 tonnes of iron ore. 

Photographer: Ricardo Teles

Pelletizing Plant

The São Luís Pelletizing Plant resumed its operations in 2018 and is part of the Ponta da Madeira Complex. Here, part of the iron ore (pellet feed) that arrives from the mines in Pará goes through a thermal processing technology that uses the fines generated during extraction. 

This process results in pellets, small balls of iron ore used to manufacture steel. The São Luís plant has a capacity of 7 million tonnes per year and has 380 employees dedicated to the activity. 

Photographer: Ricardo Teles


Photographer: Ricardo Teles


 Several containers loaded with ores

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