OOCL is proud to announce on September 4, 2009, the christening of the ninth Panamax class vessel in our line of sixteen 4,500-TEU vessels ordered from Samsung Heavy Industries.

The new vessel was christened the m.v. OOCL New Zealand by sponsor Mrs Simone Cranwell, the wife of Mr Steven Cranwell, Regional General Manager, Institutional and Business Banking for the National Australia Bank in Asia.

“Having Mrs Cranwell as the sponsor of OOCL New Zealand recognizes OOCL’s invaluable relationship with the National Australia Bank,” said Ken Cambie, Chief Financial Officer of OOIL Group, speaking at the vessel’s christening ceremony in Korea.
 
“We are proud to name this ship the OOCL New Zealand,” said Mr Cambie. “New Zealand might be a small nation in terms of size, but its many achievements are remarkable, and it is a significant maritime hub for the Australasian region.

“These Panamax ships are exceptionally versatile and they help OOCL to enhance our services. They can be used in our Intra-Asia trade, in our Australia/New Zealand trade and they can transit the Panama Canal,” explained Mr Cambie. “Samsung Heavy Industries has built many great ships for OOCL, combining optimum performance with cost efficiency. With such vessels, OOCL can improve the service we provide to our customers, offering greater economies of scale, increased capacity and higher frequency of sailings. These excellent vessels have greatly enhanced OOCL’s competitive edge.”
 
The OOCL New Zealand will be deployed on the Asia-Australia AAA 2 service. The port rotation is: Port Kelang/ Singapore/ Fremantle/ Melbourne/ Adelaide/ Fremantle and back to Port Kelang on a 28-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/


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