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 JULY 2, 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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                           Companhia Vale do Rio Doce

                               TABLE OF CONTENTS

This Form 6-K contains the following:

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1.   Press Release entitled "Aluvale Acquires Mineracao Vera Cruz"
     dated July 1, 200.....................................................4

[GRAPHIC OMITTED][LOGO]  Vale do Rio Doce                          Press Release

                      ALUVALE Acquires Mineracao Vera Cruz

Rio de Janeiro, July 1, 2002 - Companhia Vale do Rio Doce (CVRD) informs that
its subsidiary, Vale do Rio Doce Aluminio S.A. - ALUVALE (Aluvale), acquired
64% of the total capital of its afilliated company, Mineracao Vera Cruz S.A.
(MVC), which was previously held by the Paranapanema Group, for R$
6,403,936.00. With this acquisition, Aluvale will hold 100% of MVC.

MVC holds 18 active mining rights in the Paragominas region, in the state of
Para, with total metallurgical bauxite resources estimated at 878 million tons.
These reserves are located near to CVRD's mineral resources and, when combined,
will constitute one of the world's largest bauxite reserves.

The strategic location of these resources, located approximately 250 km from
ALUNORTE - Alumina do Norte do Brasil S.A. (Alunorte), will increase
flexibility in the ultilization of CVRD's existing logistics
infrastructure. Furthermore, the Paragominas bauxite has a world class quality.
These characteristics make this acquisition very important, as the development
of these reserves will support Alunorte's forthcoming expansions.

This transaction is part of the implementation of CVRD's strategy for its
aluminum business, which is focused on the exploration of profitable growth
opportunities on bauxite and alumina.


                                        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 Brazilian Comissao de Valores
Mobiliarios and the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.


     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: July 2, 2002