INVESTORS and directors of shipping group Orient Overseas (International) Ltd (OOIL) are smiling - the price of the company shares gained 68.33 per cent this year. This is against the fall in Hang Seng Index of 32.23 per cent over the same period. This year, the group paid out an interim dividend for the first time since 1985. The group gradually built a strong balance sheet with operating profit for the first half-year soaring to $40.34 million from $4.4 million a year earlier. The stock outperformed the Hang Seng Index by 145.04 per cent. The outlook of the group seemed to be rather good with an order for six new container ships earlier this year. OOIL, run by the Tung family, is the parent company of Orient Overseas Container Line, one of the largest container shipping companies in the world. It operates 15 liner routes and runs terminals in the United States and Canada. In August, the announcement of better-than-expected profit results sent investors flocking to the counter, pushing the share price up almost 20 per cent to about $5.05.