Vale signs contracts with national shipyards

The metal and mining company Companhia Vale do Rio Doce (CVRD) signed a contract with three national shipyards for the construction of 15 new tugboats (boats that assist in the manoeuver of vessels at ports), 32 barges and two pushers.

With the order, Vale states to be investing US$ 171.1 million to help heat up the Brazilian shipbuilding industry, generating about 2,370 direct and indirect jobs.

The tugboats will be added to the current fleet of the company, which today has 14 other boats of this type. Eleven tugboats will be built at a shipyard in Navegantes and four others at a shipyard in Aracaju. About 1,530 new direct and indirect jobs will be generated with the construction of these boats alone. The tugs will operate at the Ponta da Madeira Maritime Terminal in Maranhão state, and at the Tubarão Complex, in Espírito Santo. The first tugboat will be delivered this year. The others will be ready by 2011.

The 32 barges and the two pushers will be built at Rio-Maguari shipyard in Belém. The delivery of the fleet by the yard is 2010. This fleet will operate for Mina de Urucum, in Corumbá, Mato Grosso do Sul state, transporting ore in the Brazil-Paraguay and Brazil-Argentina routes.

Article Editorial staff Ship&Offshore
Article Editorial staff Ship&Offshore