Valemax Bottoms Out in Brazil

File photo of a Vale VLOC. Image courtesy Vale
File photo of a Vale VLOC. Image courtesy Vale

A Valemax bulk carrier was damaged Monday after running aground as she departed the Ponta da Madeira terminal in northeastern Brazil.

According to reports, the Vale Indonesia, a ~400,000 dwt Very Large Ore Carrier, struck bottom as she was maneuvering away from the port. The vessel reportedly sustained damage to a ballast tank and has been moved to nearby anchorage where inspections are being carried out.

The vessel was bound for Subic Bay in the Philippines with about 390,000 tons of iron ore, reports say.

The Vale Indonesia is owned and operated by South Korea’s STX Pan Ocean for the Brazilian mining giant Vale.

In 2011, one of Vale Indonesia’s sister ships, Vale Beijing, developed cracks in her hull after loading 384,300 tons of ore at Ponta da Madeira before her maiden voyage to Rotterdam. An inspection class society DNV later determined that the damage was not caused by any global strength issue or by the effect of single pass loading.

No injuries or pollution has been reported as result of Monday’s grounding.