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Vale Brasil discharged iron ore carrier at Taranto in Italy for Ilva
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Friday, 22 Jul 2011
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Vale Brasil, the world’s largest ore carrier celebrated its arrival in Italy for its first discharge operation.

The vessel safely and successfully berthed at Pier 4 at the Port of Taranto on July 14 and discharged its 400,000 tonnes cargo of Carajas Sinter Feed to be consumed at steelmaker Ilva SpA, a four decade long client and partner of Vale.

Commissioned at shipyard Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Co in South Korea, Vale Brasil has a capacity of 400,000 tonnes, 362 meters of length and 65 meters of width and is the first of seven ore carriers ordered from the South Korean shipyard, totaling an investment of USD 748 million.

The development of this project represented a huge technological challenge in terms of innovation and the results are a success. The Vale Brasil allows high speed loading and unloading, is suitable for most modern ports in the world and has an efficient drainage system.

This vessel also reduces carbon emissions by 35% per tonne of ore transported a green project that received in May the "Nor Shipping Clean Ship Award", an international industry acknowledgment for this achievement.

Mr José Carlos Martins executive director of Marketing, Sales and Strategy said that “With our own fleet and chartered ships we reduce exposure to volatility in the freight market. Volatility doesn’t only affect freight costs but also the price of ore. As the new ships start to operate, stability of freight and ore will become even greater, helping Vale and its steel industry clients.”

Vale has also ordered 12 very large ore carriers with capacity of 400,000 tonnes from the Rongsheng Shipbuilding and Heavy Industries shipyard in China. These vessels, being built at the Chinese shipyard, have a total investment of USD 1.6 billion. Besides 19 very large ore carriers, Vale will also have 16 other ships with the same dimensions, which will operate exclusively for the company under long term contracts signed with ship owner partners. These 35 ships will be delivered between 2011 and 2013.

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