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 9, 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)

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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.  Companhia Vale do Rio Doce - Extraordinary General Shareholders
    Meeting ..........................................................   4

2.  Press Release entitled "CVRD Acquires Anglo's Stake on Salobo"
    dated May 8, 2002 ................................................   5

                          [GRAPHIC OMITTED] Companhia
                                            Vale do Rio Doce

                           COMPANHIA VALE DO RIO DOCE

                            CNPJ 33.592.510/0001-54


The shareholders are hereby invited to attend the Extraordinary General
Shareholders Meeting, on May 20th, 2002, at 4:30 p.m., at 26 Avenida Graca
Aranha, 19th floor, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, to decide on the change of article
17 of the company by-laws to increase the maximum number of members of the
Executive Board, from six to eight, aiming to attend the organizational
structure approved by the Board of Directors.

Those shareholders who intend to be represented by proxy are requested to send
the power of attorney 48 (forty-eight) hours prior to the holding of the
Meeting, so that the legitimacy of the representative may be verified.

                         Rio de Janeiro, May 08, 2002.

                         Luiz Tarquinio Sardinha Ferro
                       Chairman of the Board of Directors

                  Vale do Rio Doce                                 Press Release

                     CVRD Acquires Anglo's Stake on Salobo

Rio de Janeiro, May 8, 2002 - Companhia Vale do Rio Doce (CVRD), through its
subsidiaries Itabira Rio Doce Company Limited and Caulim do Brasil
Investimentos S/A, and Anglo American plc (Anglo) have signed a purchase and
sale contract for the transfer of Anglo's stake in Salobo Metais S/A
(Salobo). CVRD is acquiring from Anglo 44,172,369 common shares, corresponding
to 50% of Salobo's equity capital, for US$ 50.9 million. The deal is still
subject to the implementation of the usual conditions in this type of
transaction. After its conclusion, CVRD will own, directly or indirectly
through its wholly-owned subsidiaries, 100% of Salobo's equity capital.

Salobo's mineral resources are estimated to have 784 million tons of ore
with a 0.96% copper content and 0.6 grams of gold per ton. The exploration of
the existing synergies in the Carajas mineral province, state of Para, Brazil -
derived from an efficient logistics and electrical energy infrastructure -
provides an additional incentive for developing Salobo. The availability of
these synergies contributes to make CVRD's copper projects to be among the
best in the world, in terms of capex cost per ton and operational costs as

CVRD will give priority to the pre-feasibility study of the Salobo project. One
of the key issues is to confirm the technological route to be applied to the
copper production process. This will allow some decisions to be made until
yearend in order to meet the goal of starting production in 2007.

CVRD Carajas copper projects will consolidate the Company's position as one
of the largest and most competitive global producers of this metal. They are
world class assets and are included in its strategy to create shareholder value
through the exploitation of profitable organic growth opportunities. In this
regard, CVRD has already begun the construction works for the development of
the Sossego copper project, which is expected to be commissioned in 2004.


                                       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


     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 9, 2002