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Sunday, December 11, 2011

Vale SA in advanced negotiations to sell 19 vessels - Report

Sunday, 11 Dec 2011

Bloomberg reported that Vale SA, the iron ore producer building a fleet of the world's largest commodities ships, confirmed it's in advanced talks to sell 19 of the vessels after the plan spurred opposition from Chinese ship owners.

Mr Murilo Ferreira CEO of Vale has said that he is willing to sell the ships only if the company can lease them back under long term contracts. The talks were reported earlier by the O Globo newspaper, which cited an interview with Mr Ferreira.

Vale is spending at least USD 8.1 billion on the so called valemax vessels, including buying 19 very large ore carriers and leasing another 16 in long term contracts, as at seeks to lower freight costs from Brazil to China, its biggest market. The China Shipowners Association, whose members control about 80% of the nation’s shipping capacity, advised companies not use the vessels, according to Executive Vice Chairman Zhang Shouguo. None of the six vessels already in operation since April have called at Chinese ports.

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