Hong Kong joins big names in containers

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 14 December, 1995, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 14 December, 1995, 12:00am

OOCL Hong Kong, the largest container vessel on the territory's ship register, has been christened by Chief Secretary Anson Chan Fang On-sang in a ceremony at Kwai Chung.

The 4,960 teu vessel is one of the world's three largest containers and is owned by Orient Overseas Container Line (OOCL).

'It is more than fitting that this ship should be named here in Hong Kong, the world's busiest and, we like to think, most efficient container port,' Mrs Chan said yesterday.

'The port and its ships are close to our hearts - both emotionally and economically.' The port added hugely to Hong Kong's economy and, together with its service industries, was a major employer, she said.

OOCL Hong Kong is one of eight new container ships the company has ordered from South Korea and Japan.

OOCL chairman Tung Chee-hwa said: 'It seems fitting that the world's largest container ship should be named at the world's busiest port and that it should be named the OOCL Hong Kong.' He said the fact that the ship was registered in Hong Kong and was crewed by local seamen 'demonstrates our commitment to and our faith in Hong Kong, now and post-1997'.