April 28, 2011 (Hong Kong) --- Orient Overseas Container Line Ltd. (OOCL) is pleased to announce today (April 28) the naming ceremony of OOCL Beijing was held at Wharf No. 7 of Hungdong –Zhonghua Shipbuilding (Group) Co., Ltd. (HZ) in Shanghai, China. OOCL Beijing is the first of the eight 8,888-TEU vessels on order from HZ.
Mr. Yu Zhengseng (俞正声), Politburo member of CPC Central Committee and the Secretary of the Shanghai Municipal Committee of the Communist Party of China was invited by Mr. Tung Chee Chen (董建成), Chairman of Orient Overseas (International) Ltd. as the Sponsor of the Naming Ceremony. Other senior government officials and guests include Mr. Ai Baojun (艾宝俊), Vice Mayor of Shanghai, Mr. Feng Guoqing (冯国勤), Chairman of the CPPCC Shanghai.
Speaking at the ceremony, Mr. Tung stated, “The development of International Shipping Centre in Shanghai is in leaps and bounds. In 2010, the container throughput of Shanghai was around 29.07 million TEU occupying the top position among all ports in the world for the first time. Moreover, China has a long history in shipbuilding with ample experience. We commission Hudong-Zhonghua to build our 8,888-TEU vessels, the greatest in capacity of our vessel fleet, will hopefully promote the shipbuilding industry further and lay the foundation for our long-term cooperation.”
OOCL Beijing is 335 meters long, 42.8 meters wide with the deadweight of approximately 100,400 mt. and a container carrying capacity of 8,888 TEU. OOCL Beijing will be deployed on the MAX service with a port rotation of Shanghai / Ningbo / Hong Kong / Shekou / Singapore / Jebel Ali / Damman / Bandar Abbas / Port Kelang / Singapore / Hong Kong, and back to Shanghai in a 42-day round trip.
Orient Overseas Container Line (OOCL) is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Hong Kong Stock Exchange listed Orient Overseas (International) Ltd. Headquartered in Hong Kong, OOCL is one of the world's leading container transport and logistics service providers, with more than 280 offices in 55 countries. Linking Asia, Europe, North America, the Mediterranean, the Indian sub-continent, the Middle East and Australia/New Zealand, the company offers transportation services to all major east/west trading economies of the world. OOCL is one of the leading international carriers serving China, providing a full range of logistics and transportation services throughout the country. It is also an industry leader in the use of information technology and e-commerce to manage the entire cargo process. Website: http://www.oocl.com/