As a result of its relentless drive to establish a comprehensive global container service, Hong Kong-based Orient Overseas Container Line (OOCL) now carries more than a million teus (20-foot equivalent units) a year on six key trade routes worldwide. The transport subsidiary of the Hong Kong-listed Orient Overseas (International) has been expanding its fleet to adequately cover such routes as transpacific, transatlantic, Far East-Europe, Far East-Australia, Far East-Middle East and intra-Asia. 'As one of the largest container operators internationally, OOCL provides customers with global, fully integrated, containerised transportation services,' the company said. 'Our extensive network of offices and agencies ensures customers in every corner of the world are offered high-quality services.' Besides Hong Kong, OOCL has offices in China, Macau, Japan, South Korea, Singapore, Indonesia, Philippines, Thailand, United States, Canada, Britain, Belgium, Germany, Netherlands, France and Australia. Agencies are located throughout Europe, the Middle East, the US and the Far East. Not content with more than 140 offices and agencies worldwide, the company expanded into Scandinavia and the Baltic in April. The delivery of six new 4,960-teu vessels and one 2,300-teu ice-class vessel further modernised OOCL's fleet, previously made up of 34 owned or chartered container ships. These box-ships are now deployed in 36 of the company's main-haul or feeder services in various parts of the world. The ice-strengthened container vessel OOCL Canada, christened last month, is especially designed to operate and navigate through the harsh Canadian waters. OOCL is the largest international carrier serving Canada, operating three sailings a week from Montreal to Europe and two sailings weekly from Vancouver to the Far East. OOIL owns and operates container terminals in Long Beach and New Jersey in the US, and Vancouver in Canada. It holds interests in container terminals in Halifax (Canada), Venice (Italy), and Kaohsiung (Taiwan). OOCL owns more than 150,000 teus of containers and more than 13,000 container chassis. It also provides services such as container-service management, road haulage, freight forwarding and cargo consolidation. OOCL's intermodal services, co-ordinated with sailing schedules, provide door-to-door transport to major inland destinations globally. A trucking network links key European inland cities with Asia, while railway links operate throughout Europe. In the US, weekly fixed-day double-stack train services run from Long Beach to destinations via the seven main rail hubs of Chicago, New York, Houston, Dallas, Memphis, New Orleans, and Cincinnati, not to mention a dedicated 'garment' train service to New York. In Canada, a weekly and fixed-day double-stack train service runs between Vancouver, Toronto, and Montreal and is designed to provide the best possible transit time to and from eastern Canada. In China, the company launched the first-ever intermodal train from the interior to Hong Kong, providing a weekly service of greater efficiency and reliability between Zhengzhou and the territory. Two other such services operate between Xian and Xingang (Tianjin), and between Zhengzhou and Qingdao. 'OOCL is one of the leading proponents of computerisation in the shipping industry, with an extensive international network providing customers with the most up-to-date information 24 hours a day,' the company said. More than 2,000 terminals are connected to this network providing information relating to vessel schedule, bill of lading details, container status and cargo tracking at local customer service centres anywhere at any time. The company has also forged an alliance with Zim for the Far East-Australia service, and with Sealand, Maersk, and Nedlloyd for the transatlantic service.