Brazils Vale SA had confirmed that in mid-April one of
its very large ore carriers (VLOCs) docked for the first time
at a Chinese port.
"Its not a fully loaded
Valemax, but it was an important step," Vale executive director
for iron ore and strategy José Carlos Martins said
during an earnings conference call with analysts April 25.
The vessel was partially loaded
and had a lower draft to "accommodate local regulations," he
Named Vale Malaysia,
the vessel docked at Lianyungang Port April 15 with 223,000
tonnes of iron ore.
The vessel on April 5 had
unloaded 170,000 tonnes of its payload at the Subic Bay in the
Philippines, a source in Shanghai told AMM sister
publication Steel First earlier this month.
Valemax vessels can ship up to
400,000 tonnes of iron ore compared with traditional vessels
with a 200,000-tonne capacity.
"I think that to berth a (fully
loaded) Valemax in China will be a long march for us," Martins
China had been denying entry to
the Rio de Janeiro-based miners vessels, citing safety
concerns. Vales VLOCs are the worlds largest iron
A version of this article was
first published by AMM sister publication Steel First.