First fully laden Valemax with iron ore calls in China

A call from the first fully laden VLOC from Brazil is the symbol of new times for iron ore transport to China.

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The first fully laden Valemax ultra-vessel carrying iron ore from Brazil has called at a Chinese port, thus finally marking the end of the restrictions and diversions that the authorities in China for a long time had organized against the gigantic dry bulk vessels.

According to Seatrade Maritime News, the heavily laden VLOC (Very Large Ore Carrier) Sohar Max, of 400,000 dwt, arrived after a 55 day journey to the Chinese port of Qingdao on Saturday July 25, at the same berth as its sister ship Yuan Zhuo Hai had called at on the July 4, though this vessel was not fully laden.

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