BRAZIL: Tugs tow damaged Vale Beijing from berth

By Jeb Blount and Sabrina Lorenzi

RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) – Tugs moved the damaged Vale Beijing, the world’s largest iron-ore carrier, from its berth in Brazil for repairs, opening space for other ships at a port responsible for about 10 percent of global iron ore exports.

Tugs moved the massive ship at mid-morning from the dock at the Port of Ponta da Madeira, outside the city of Sao Luis in northeastern Brazil. They will tow it outside the shipping channel for repairs, Brazilian Navy Commander Calmon Bahia, Harbormaster for Sao Luis, told Reuters by telephone.

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