CVRD has used a Valemax vessel for the first time to transport iron ore to Arcelor Mittal via the port of Rotterdam.The initial shipment was handled by EMO.

The company is already using these ships to supply the Italian steelmaker Ilva via the port of Taranto; the German steelmaker Rogesa via Rotterdam; and ThyssenKrupp and HKM, via the EECV terminal in Rotterdam. Other than these ports, the Valemax bulk carriers have also docked at ports such as Vilanueva, in the Philippines,Tubarao and Ponta da Madeira, in Brazil, Sohar in Oman and Oita in Japan.

At present, the operational fleet consists of 23 vessels, but this is expected to increase to 35 vessels by the end of this year.

Barry Cross