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 November 26, 2001

                           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, dated November 22, 2001, entitled
     Notice to Shareholders..........................................     3


     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/ Eduardo de Carvalho Duarte
                                             Name:  Eduardo de Carvalho Duarte
                                             Title: Chief Accountant

Dated: November 26, 2001

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                             [GRAPHIC OMITTED] Companhia
                                               Vale do Rio Doce

                             NOTICE TO SHAREHOLDERS

Rio de Janeiro, November 22, 2001 - The Board of Directors of Companhia Vale do
Rio Doce (CVRD) approved today the proposal of the Executive Board for payment
of interest on shareholders' equity. Such payment is based on the financial
statements of the nine months ended on September 30, 2001, according to the
following terms:

1. Distribution of interest on shareholders' equity in the amount of R$
1,773,475,629.40 (one billion, seven hundred seventy three million, four
hundred seventy five thousand, six hundred and twenty nine reais and forty
cents), equal to R$ 4.61 (four reais and sixty one cents) per share.

2. The payment will be done in two equal installments. The first will take
place on December 10, 2001. The second will occur until April 30, 2002, in
accordance with the limits set by the law. The Company will inform the payment
date in the future. The distribution of interest on shareholders' equity is
subject to withholding income tax at a rate of 15%, in accordance to the Law
9,249 of December 26, 1995.

                         Luiz Tarquinio Sardinha Ferro
                      President of the Board of Directors

This release includes "forward-looking statements" that express expectations of
future events or results. All statements based on future expectations rather
than on historical facts are forward-looking statements that involve a number
of risks and uncertainties, and the company cannot give assurance that such
statements will prove to be correct.