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March 26, 2013

Brand new OOCL Memphis to join fleet on Trans-Pacific service

OOCL is pleased to announce the naming of the OOCL Memphis in Shanghai today, the newest 8,888 TEU vessel to join our fleet for the Super Shuttle Express (SSX) service on the Trans-Pacific trade, connecting Asian and North American markets. 

The OOCL Memphis was designed and built with vessel operating efficiency and our customers in mind.  By incorporating the latest state-of-the-art technologies, improved sailing performance at sea can be realized to enhance our competitive edge and reduced emission levels can be achieved to help contribute to our customer’s green initiatives in managing more environmentally conscience supply chains.

In his ceremonial address, Mr. Andy Tung, Chief Executive Officer of OOCL, thanked everyone for their support and expressed his gratitude to Hudong-Zhonghua Shipbuilding (Group) Co. for the successful fourth delivery of another efficient vessel.  “The OOCL Memphis can not only help lower energy consumption levels but also reduce emissions to improve our environment,” said Mr. Tung.  “We look forward to continue working with Hudong-Zhonghua in embracing new technologies and designs that would help support our objectives to boost vessel performance, reduce our impact on the environment, and meeting the needs of our customers.”
 
Guests also shared a memorable moment as the vessel Sponsor, Mrs. Isabella Anna Schaefer, gave her blessings through her encomium: “I name you the OOCL Memphis.  As a Vital Link to world trade, your mission is to promote commerce, peace and understanding.  May God bless you, your cargo and all the people who sail with you!”

      
      (L-R) Mr. Andy Tung, Chief Executive Officer of OOCL ; Mrs. Isabella Anna Schaefer, Sponsor of OOCL Memphis and 
      Dr. Klaus Schaefer, Guest of Honor and President of Bayer MaterialScience China

In our appreciation to our supporters, OOCL had the privilege to share the occasion with our Guest of Honor, Dr. Klaus Schaefer, President of Bayer MaterialScience China and husband to the vessel Sponsor.  Bayer MaterialScience has been a long-time business partner with OOCL for well over a decade.  At the beginning of our partnership, our liner services started with only about 3 thousand TEU of Bayer shipments and we have now grown to be their number one carrier of choice, handling a significant percentage of cargo for them this year.
 
Our relationship and synergy grew stronger year after year when we expanded our service offerings through our logistics arm, OOCL Logistics, to Bayer’s operations in Asia.  In 2006, OOCL Logistics kicked off the export and re-import business for Bayer and later extended our quality services to other areas such as warehousing, custom clearance, and domestic transportation in China.

“Today, it is our privilege to be working side-by-side with Bayer after they had invited us to be an integral part of their family last year, to manage their China logistics operations with our customized supply chain solutions,” said Mr. Tung.  “As we move forward, we hope to share more milestones together and deepen our partnership in the many more years to come.”


  
   OOCL Memphis christened at the quay of Hudong-Zhonghua Shipbuilding (Group) Co. in Shanghai 

OOCL Memphis is the fourth of the eight 8,888 TEU vessels that OOCL has commissioned Hudong-Zhonghua to build.  She will be deployed on OOCL’s Trans-Pacific SSX service and her 42-day port rotation begins in Yantian, calling Da Chan Bay, Hong Kong, Kaohsiung, Long Beach, and then completing the loop sailing back to Asia by calling Kaohsiung, Xiamen, Hong Kong and Yantian.

Orient Overseas Container Line (OOCL) Limited 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 largest integrated international container transportation and logistics companies, with more than 290 offices in 60 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/)

 

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