UPDATE 1-Vale stops coal shipments from Mozambique after rail closure

Mon Feb 18, 2013 4:47pm EST

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Feb 18 (Reuters) - Brazil's Vale SA , the world's No. 2 mining company, declared force majeure on a number of coal shipment contracts from Mozambique on Feb. 15 after heavy rain halted rail shipments, according to a securities filing late on Monday.

Vale said it expected a loss of 250,000 metric tonnes of coal shipments in an emailed statement, though it said the situation should be normalized by the end of the month.

The Sena Line that transports coal from Mozambique's Tete province to an export terminal was shut down on Feb. 12, closing off Vale's only export route.

Logistics problems are frequent for mining firms operating in Mozambique, a former Portuguese colony.

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