Teluk Rubiah Maritime Terminal

In 2011, Vale started the construction of an iron ore distribution centre in the shores of Teluk Rubiah, Lumut, Perak State, Malaysia. The investment of US$ 1.37 billion has been concluded and the centre now serves as a gateway connecting our core mines in Brazil to the consumer markets in Asia. Officially known as the Teluk Rubiah Maritime Terminal (TRMT), the facility reduces the lead time to our clients in Asia by around 25 days.


TRMT is strategically located along the Straits of Malacca, one of the world’s busiest shipping channels. The facility is comprised of a deep water wharf and a stockyard with a static capacity of 3.2 million tons of iron ore where different types of iron ore can be customised to the needs of regional steelmakers. The facility has a capacity of 30 million metric tons of iron ore per year for import and export respectively.

Equipped with an import system with the ability to unload vessels of up to 400,000 DWT and an export system with the capacity of loading vessels up to Capesize, the distribution centre’s operations are fully automated ensuring optimum efficiency in the process. In addition, the hub together with Vale’s fleet of Very Large Ore Carriers (Valemax) is an environmentally friendly solution for supplying high quality iron ore to the Asian market. The Valemax leads to a reduction of around 35% in GHG emissions for iron ore delivered to China, when compared to Capesizes from Brazil.