FORM 6-K

                                 UNITED STATES
                             WASHINGTON, D.C. 20549

                        REPORT OF FOREIGN PRIVATE ISSUER
                      PURSUANT TO RULE 13a-16 or 15d-16 OF
                      THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934

                               For MAY 1, 2002

                           Companhia Vale do Rio Doce
             (Exact name of Registrant as specified in its charter)

                        Valley of the Doce River Company
                (Translation of Registrant's name into English)

                         Federative Republic of Brazil
                (Jurisdiction of incorporation or organization)

                          Avenida Graca Aranha, No. 26
                      20005-900 Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brazil
                    (Address of principal executive offices)

[Indicate by check mark whether the registrant files or will file annual
reports under cover of Form 20-F or Form 40-F:]

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                           Companhia Vale do Rio Doce

                               TABLE OF CONTENTS

This Form 6-K contains the following:

Item                                                                   Number
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1.  Press Release, dated April 30, 2002, entitled "CVRD Quarterly
    Earns Release Calendar for 2002" dated April 25, 2002...............   4

2.  Ordinary and Extraordinary General Shareholders' Meeting -
    April 29, 2002......................................................   6

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       Vale do Rio Doce                                           Press Release

               CVRD Quarterly Earnings Release Calendar for 2002

Rio de Janeiro, April 30, 2002 - Companhia Vale do Rio Doce (CVRD) informs its
quarterly performance release calendar for year 2002. CVRD will release
simultaneously, quarterly consolidated financial statements in US GAAP
(generally accepted accounting principles in the United States) and the Parent
Company results in BR GAAP (generally accepted accounting principles in

o          1Q02 results: Wednesday, May 15, 2002;
o          2Q02 results: Wednesday, August 14, 2002;
o          3Q02 results: Wednesday, November 13, 2002.

Quarterly results will be released after market closing in each of the above
mentioned dates.

Regarding the 1Q02 results, there will be a conference call and webcast on
Friday, May 17, 2002, 12:00 p.m., Rio de Janeiro time.

                                       For further information, please contact:
          Roberto Castello Branco: castello.branco@cvrd.com.br +55-21-3814-4540
                        Andreia Reis: andreia.reis@cvrd.com.br +55-21-3814-4643
                    Barbara Geluda: barbara.geluda@cvrd.com.br +55-21-3814-4557
                    Daniela Tinoco: daniela.tinoco@cvrd.com.br +55-21-3814-4946
                    Rafael Azevedo: rafael.azevedo@cvrd.com.br +55-21-3814-4700

This press release may contain statements that express management's
expectations about future events or results rather than historical facts. These
forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties that could cause
actual results to differ materially from those projected in forward-looking
statements, and CVRD cannot give assurance that such statements will prove
correct. These risks and uncertainties include factors: relating to the
Brazilian economy and securities markets, which exhibit volatility and can be
adversely affected by developments in other countries; relating to the iron ore
business and its dependence on the global steel industry, which is cyclical in
nature; and relating to the highly competitive industries in which CVRD
operates. For additional information on factors that could cause CVRD's actual
results to differ from expectations reflected in forward-looking statements,
please see CVRD's reports filed with the Comissao de Valores Mobiliarios and
the U.S. Securities and Exchange

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       Vale do Rio Doce

                     SHAREHOLDERS MEETING - APRIL 29, 2002

We hereby inform you the main decisions taken during the Ordinary and
Extraordinary General Shareholders Meeting of Companhia Vale do Rio Doce, on
April 29, 2002:

1.   Approval of the Annual Report and Financial Statements with the report of
     the Independent Accountants, Price Waterhouse Coopers, concerning the
     fiscal year ended on December 31, 2001.

2.   Approval of the Board of Directors' opinion concerning the destination of
     the net income in the period ending on December 31, 2001.

3.   Approval of the capital expenditure budget for 2002, in the amount of R$
     2,438,000.00 (two million four hundred thirty eight thousand reais).

4.   Election of the members of the Audit Committee, up to the 2003's Ordinary
     General Shareholders Meeting, as shown in the table below:


EFFECTIVE MEMBERS                                   ALTERNATE MEMBERS
-----------------                                   -----------------
Eliseu Martins                                      Almir de Souza Carvalho
Claudio Bernardo Guimaraes de Moraes                Helio Cabral Moreira
Ricardo Wiering de Barros                           Luiz Octavio Nunes West
Pedro Carlos de Mello                               Jose Carlos Gouveia Danelli
Marcos Fabio Coutinho                               Vicente Barcelos

5.   The monthly remuneration of each member of the Audit Committee was set,
     starting on January 1st, 2002, in R$ 4,200.00 (four thousand and two
     hundred reais) or 10% (ten percent) of the average remuneration of each
     Director, not including benefits, representation allowances and profit
     sharing, whatever represents the higher amount.

6.   The global annual remuneration of the administrators was set in the amount
     of R$ 21,200,000.00 (twenty one million and two hundred thousand reais),
     to be shared out among the Board of Directors.

7.   Increase in the Restated Paid-Up Capital through reserves capitalization
     without issuing of new shares. Consequently, the Restated Paid-Up Capital
     of the Company will be equal to R$ 5,000,000,000.00 (five billion reais)
     from R$ 4,000,000,000.00 (four billion reais) previously.

8.   As the quorum requested by Brazilian Law to modify article 17 of the
     company by-laws was not achieved, the Extraordinary General Shareholders
     Meeting will meet, in a second summons, at CVRD Headquarters on May 20th,
     at 4:30 p.m.


     Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the
registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the
undersigned, thereunto duly authorized.

                                            COMPANHIA VALE DO RIO DOCE

                                            By: /s/ Roberto Castello Branco
                                            Name:  Roberto Castello Branco
                                            Title: Head of Investor Relations

Dated: May 1, 2002