January 17, 2018
OOCL is proud to announce that the sixth and last in our latest series of 21,413 TEU containerships was christened at a ceremony held at the Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) shipyard on Geoje island today.
Named by our Sponsors Mrs. Shirley Peng and Mrs. Mary Liu as the OOCL Indonesia, she will begin her maiden voyage this month and join her other five sister vessels on OOCL’s Asia-North Europe Loop 1 (LL1) trade lane to form a formidable team in our fleet.
Over the years, the strength and competitiveness of OOCL’s fleet plays a very important role in the company’s business performance. We are very appreciative of our long-standing partnership with SHI and for their excellent support in completing our series of six 'G Class' containerships within a year’s time so that they can be deployed in our fleet when we needed them most.
OOCL Indonesia at sea trial. Image by OOCL.
OOCL's partnership with SHI began in 1995 when we built the first 4,960 TEU containership, named OOCL Hong Kong, at the shipyard. In the following years, we collaborated on more than fifty newbuilding projects, all of which were very successful as each vessel was constructed at the highest quality. Along the way, we also made history together by building the OOCL Shenzhen (at 8,063 TEU) in 2003 and the OOCL Hong Kong (at 21,413 TEU) last year that broke record titles as the world’s largest containership by carrying capacity.
In his ceremonial address, Mr. Tung expressed that the celebration also marked a wonderful start to the new year in 2018 as the industry is seeing a much healthier global economic environment not seen in many years since the 2009 financial crisis, and that various governments around the world are continuing to fuel the growth momentum with policy agendas to boost trade and economic cooperation.
“In addition to China’s leadership in the One Belt One Road Initiative to help bring markets closer together and opening new opportunities for trade, another policy agenda closer to home is the signing of the Hong Kong-ASEAN Free Trade Agreement just last November,” said Mr. Tung.
OOCL Indonesia. Image by OOCL.
“Once ratified, the new FTA arrangements will not only open opportunities for trade growth, but also facilitate more effective and efficient trade links through the elimination of import duties and streamlining of regulations that would inevitably help improve supply chain flow over the long run. In our industry, speed is of essence and we are very excited to see these kinds of policy directions pushing forward.”
The OOCL Indonesia will be serving the Asia-Europe trade lane on the LL1 service and her port rotation is: Shanghai / Ningbo / Xiamen / Yantian / Singapore / via Suez Canal / Felixstowe / Rotterdam / Gdansk / Wilhelmshaven / Felixstowe / via Suez Canal / Singapore / Yantian / Shanghai in a 77-day round trip.
“Orient Overseas Container Line" and “OOCL" are trade names for transportation provided separately by: Orient Overseas Container Line Limited (“OOCLL") and OOCL (Europe) Limited respectively and both are wholly-owned subsidiaries of Orient Overseas (International) Limited, a public company (0316) listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange. Headquartered in Hong Kong, OOCL is one of the world's largest integrated international container transportation and logistics companies, with more than 330 offices in 70 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. (http://www.oocl.com/)
From L - R: Mr. Andy Tung, CEO of OOCL, Mrs. Shirley Peng and Mrs. Mary Liu. Image by OOCL.
Orient Overseas Container Line (OOCL) press release