Court orders closure of Tubarão port

Court orders closure of Tubarão port

One of the most important ports in the world for iron ore trades has been closed down. Yesterday, a Brazilian federal court suspended activities at Vale’s Port of Tubarão citing pollution concerns.

Tubarão accounts for one third of the Brazilian miner’s iron ore exports. The port also handles coal imports and steel exports for the Brazilian unit of ArcelorMittal.

Authorities maintain iron ore and coal dust from the port are polluting the surrounding water and contributing to pollution in other areas, including nearby beaches.

The port will remain closed until Vale and ArcelorMittal can fix the situation and the pair will be fined for each day it is closed.

Vale said it will fight the decision and try to get the port reopened as soon as possible.

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.

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