OOCL

OOCL, or Orient Overseas Container Line, is the world’s 13th-largest container shipping company, with approximately 240 vessels with a combined capacity of 800,000 TEUs. Founded in 1969, the ocean carrier is present in more than 65 countries.

Hong Kong-based OOCL is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Orient Overseas (International) Limited, a public company listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange. OOCL posted revenue of US$6.2 billion in 2013 — down 3.5 percent on a year-on-year basis. The company recorded a net profit of $47 million, down 84 percent from the previous year’s net income of $296 million.

OOCL was the 10th-ranked container carrier in U.S. containerized import trade in 2013, with volume of 745,881 TEUs, down 1.7 percent year-over-year, giving it market share of 4.1 percent. It was No. 8 in U.S. containerized export trade in 2013, with volume of 538,287 TEUs, down 3.9 percent year-over-year and market share of 4.2 percent. For more carrier rankings see the JOC’s Top 40 Container Carriers special topic.

25 Nov 2014
One potential consequence of the congestion at West Coast ports - a shortage of containers in Asia due to difficulties repositioning them back from the U.S. - is being watched closely but does not seem yet to be creating widespread problems.
Ocean Carrier Rate Revision Roundup for May 16
16 May 2014
Multiple carriers have planned general rate increases in various trade lanes in June and July, although any gains achieved could be fleeting as overcapacity and sluggish global demand continue.
01 May 2014
A temporary space shortage on the trans-Atlantic is looming thanks to implementation of the G6 Alliance in that trade lane.
29 Apr 2014
Shippers look set to face rising freight rates on the Asia-Europe trade in the second quarter as improving demand allows container lines to stand firm on planned general rate increases (GRIs).
Container ship in Hamburg, Germany.
08 Apr 2014
The 2013 financial reporting season for container lines ended for many carriers in a sea of red ink as high bunker prices and weak freight rates combined to drag down profits.
07 Apr 2014
Hapag-Lloyd was first carrier to announce the westbound May rate increases even as April 1 GRIs struggle to lift a market weighed down by overcapacity and weak demand.
03 Apr 2014
WASHINGTON – The U.S. Federal Maritime Commission yesterday unanimously voted to allow the G6 Alliance to expand into the Asia-U.S. West Coat and trans-Atlantic routes.
Port of Shanghai
12 Mar 2014
Carriers’ schedule reliability from Shanghai to Oakland, Calif., showed the greatest variation in eastbound Asia-to-Southern California route performances...
20 Feb 2014
The six members of the G6 – Hapag-Lloyd, NYK Line, OOCL, Hyundai Merchant Marine, APL and Mitsui O.S.K. Lines – today released details on the port rotations...
29 Jan 2014
Member carriers in the Transpacific Stabilization Agreement plan to increase Asia-U.S. rates by $300 per FEU, effective March 15...
Port of Hong Kong
28 Jan 2014
Jefferies expects Asian container lines’ earnings for the fourth quarter of 2013 overall will be in line with or below Bloomberg consensus estimates, as freight rates in Asia-related trade lanes continued to slide and overcapacity remained.
OOCL ship
25 Jan 2014
OOCL’s total revenue in the fourth quarter of 2013 fell 1.6 percent year-over-year to $1.4 billion, partially fueling a 4.9 percent decrease in total yearly revenue...