As Vale informed, there was a fire in one of the transfer houses of the belt conveyor system at its distribution centre in Malaysia.

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The fire caused material damage only and operations will continue in about 10 to 15 days.

However, the company expects a limited impact on its shipments, since a 10-day preventive maintenance was already planned at the terminal during the same period. ​

This is not the first mishap for Vale. Earlier in February, Brazil closed a port terminal operated by Vale SA in Vitoria, in the southeastern state of Espirito Santo, Brazil. Specifically, Vitoria fined the company 35 million reais ($9.5 million) for throwing mining residues in the sea.

Commenting on the development, Vale said that informs that Vitória determined the interdiction of a part of the waste water treatment of Tubarão port, which affects the supply stocking area, the port services of coal and the pelletizing plants 1, 2, 3 and 4.

Vale is immediately complying with the order and will analyze its contents to adopt the applicable measures

It also added that no irregularities were found in the system during the latest inspections by the City Environmental Authorities, and the monitoring reports from October 2018 to December 2018 show that the waste water is within the established parameters.

Moreover, it mentioned that it has been monitoring the water bodies that receive the waste water for more than 30 years, and it has never found any changes to the quality of water.