Press Release
For Immediate Release
March 31, 2015

Michael Sullivan, GOED Communications Director

OOCL Utah Christened for Maiden Voyage from Shanghai
Representatives of the State of Utah participated in official naming ceremony of the global trade containership

SHANGHAI—The Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED) is pleased to announce the christening of the OOCL Utah. OOCL customarily names their fleet ships after office locations. The Hong Kong-based international container shipping and logistics company opened their North American Integrated Management and Service Center in Utah in 2014.

The OOCL Utah is an 8,888 TEU (twenty-foot equivalent unit) containership which is 100,400 tons and 1,099 feet long. The ship was built by the Hudong-Zhonghua Shipbuilding Company. It will follow a course between ports in Shanghai and Los Angeles, linking the United States and China in trade. Its first arrival in California is expected in late April. The Tung Family, the owners of the global company, expressed how honored they were to host GOED Executive Director Val Hale and his wife Nancy Hale as guests.

Reflecting on OOCL’s relationship with Utah, Mr. Andy Tung, CEO of OOCL said: “A few years ago, in our consideration to establish our Integrated Management and Service Center in North America, we looked deeply into Utah’s infrastructure and business community and saw opportunities for us to grow and strengthen our services by setting up the office in Salt Lake City. OOCL’s motto to ‘Take it personally’ in all that we do is paramount to our success in bringing quality product and services to customers and is deeply rooted in our culture. We are also dedicated to establishing strong and lasting partnerships, and we are very happy to have friends and colleagues from the Utah community with us in our journey providing a ‘Vital Link’ to world trade.”

Nancy Hale served as the ceremony’s sponsor, blessing the OOCL Utah and crew. Following the naming ceremony, Val Hale, executive director of GOED, then shared some thoughts on Utah’s economy and the state’s tradition of global relationships and trade.

“Utah’s skilled workforce, business friendly environment and quality of life have attracted many companies from all over the world, and we are pleased that OOCL agrees that we are a good match,” Hale said. “We especially look forward to continuing to build bridges and maintain our heritage of language and cultural diversity. OOCL’s Integrated Management and Service Center in Utah will certainly benefit from that heritage, just as we will benefit from the company’s presence.”
Hale noted that the state expects the OOCL Utah will be symbolic of the state’s global trade relationships and that the ship will be a visual reminder of Utah’s increasing global presence as the OOCL Utah travels the Pacific Ocean.


About the Utah Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED)

The Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED) charter is based on Governor Gary Herbert’s commitment to economic development statewide. Utah’s economic development vision is that Utah will lead the nation as the best performing economy and be recognized as a premier global business destination. The mandate for this office is to provide rich business resources for the creation, growth and recruitment of companies to Utah and to increase tourism and film production in the state. GOED accomplishes this mission through the administration of programs that are based around targeted industries or “economic clusters” that demonstrate the best potential for development. GOED utilizes state resources and private sector contracts to fulfill its mission. For more information please contact: Michael Sullivan, 801-538-8811 or

About OOCL
“Orient Overseas Container Line” and “OOCL” are trade names for transportation provided separately by: Orient Overseas Container Line Limited (“OOCLL”) and OOCL (Europe) Limited respectively and both are wholly-owned subsidiaries of Orient Overseas (International) Limited, a public company (0316) listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange. Headquartered in Hong Kong, OOCL is one of the world’s largest integrated international container transportation and logistics companies, with more than 320 offices in 65 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. (

GOED Executive Director Val Hale accepts the gift of a replica of the OOCL Utah from OOCL CEO Andy Tung


Val and Nancy Hale participate in an on-board tour on the OOCL Utah


Val and Nancy Hale with OOCL CEO Andy Tung and his wife Dr. Rulin Fuong Tung at the OOCL Utah naming ceremony.