Valemax, the world's largest ore carrier,
arrives in the Philippines

14 Nov 2012

The Vale Minas Gerais, a Valemax ship, docked for the first time at the Villanueva Port in the Philippines, in October. The world's largest ore carrier left the Ponta da Madeira Maritime Terminal in Brazil and after almost two months reached its final destination.

Seven ports are receiving Valemax vessels including Villanueva Port. So far, the ships have docked at the ports of Tubarão and Ponta da Madeira (Brazil), Taranto (Italy), Rotterdam (Netherlands), Sohar (Oman) and Oita (Japan), as well as the floating ore transfer station in Subic Bay, in the Philippines.

Efficient and sustainable logistics
The vessel is part of a fleet of Valemax ships, which are part of Vale’s strategies to reduce the distance between Brazil and Asia. At the end of 2013, there will be 35 vessels, with a capacity of 400,000 metric tons available for the transportation of iron ore - 19 of them owned by Vale and 16 chartered by Vale under long-term contracts.

The ore carriers have high standards of safety and operational efficiency, contributing to a 35% reduction in carbon emissions per metric ton of transported ore. Moreover, they represent an efficient logistics solution to reducing the cost of seaborne transportation.

Vale press release