OOCL celebrates 50th birthday with HK community
OOCL recently held a Family Fun Day event at the Hong Kong Maritime Museum (HKMM) to celebrate the company's 50-year anniversary with the Hong Kong community
OOCL recently held a Family Fun Day event at the Hong Kong Maritime Museum (HKMM) to celebrate the company's 50-year anniversary with the Hong Kong community.
Specially arranged exhibits, videos, souvenirs and family activities were organised for the visitors who came to learn more about Hong Kong's home carrier and the city's colourful maritime history.
The Hong Kong Maritime Museum exhibited a series of specially selected models from its collection for the event. Visitors were able to learn about OOCL's heritage and contribution to shipping and trade in Hong Kong.
In November of 1969, OOCL's founder C Y Tung made international headlines for establishing one of the first Asian carriers to provide regular containerised shipping services between the Far East and the west coast of the United States. OOCL's first box ships were all converted from its conventional liners with a carrying capacity of just 300 TEU.
The first container sailing saw a mere 13 TEU transported across the Pacific Ocean from Hong Kong to Long Beach, California, with an all Chinese crew, in comparison to OOCL's latest G-class vessels like the 21,413-TEU OOCL Hong Kong. The ultra-large containerships in the company's fleet nowadays carry hundreds of thousands of containers each day, a far cry from the early days of containerisation that began half a century ago.
Co-chief executive officer Andy Tung said in a statement: 'Together with Hong Kong, we witnessed the birth of containerisation which changed the course of shipping and our company's history. We also saw the beginning of modern globalisation where Hong Kong earned a prominent place on the trade map, and OOCL was there to link the city to markets around the world.
'We are very happy to be on this journey together with the Hong Kong community and we certainly look forward to reaching many more milestones in the next 50 years ahead.'
To commemorate shipping line's 50 years of containerisation, a set of collectable postcards were specially made as corporate souvenirs. As part of OOCL's outreach to the local community, a limited number of the postcard sets are available on charity sale at the museum, whereby all proceeds will be donated to support the HKMM's work.
Some of the postcard sets have also been donated to the HKMM as gift items for special community groups that visit the museum, including school students, elderly groups and rehabilitating patients in Hong Kong.