The port of Beira,
from where Vale has
started exporting coal
from its Moatize mine
Maputo, Mozambique — MININGREVIEW.COM — 19 January 2012 – Brazilian mining giant Vale, through its subsidiary Vale Mozambique, has started with the process of transferring coal from small boats to ships out at sea “’ a first for the company and a solution for loading large ships at the port of Beira.

Cited by Mozambican newspaper Notícias, the statement from Vale’s Mozambican subsidiary also said that the Green Phoenix, the fifth ship to export the company’s coal, left the port yesterday carrying 37,600t of coal, headed for the port of New Mangalore, in India.

With this shipment, Vale has so far shipped 174,000t of coal mined at the Moatize mine through the port of Beira since it launched its operations in 2011.

The transfer operation, the statement said, made it possible not only to completely load some ships that cannot be entirely filled at the dock, but also makes it possible to load bigger Panamax and Capesize ships, which are unable to moor at the port of Beira because the access channel and berths are too shallow .

By the end of December Vale Mozambique had mined 620,000t of coal and exported 140,000t, which were transported to the port of Beira along the Sena railroad.