Tuesday, October 21, 2014

OOCL Exec Honored By POLB

By Mark Edward Nero

Orient Overseas Container Line CEO and Managing Director Andy Tung was presented with the “Port Pilot Award” by the Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners on Oct. 20. The award is presented to business and political leaders and advocates who have made contributions to international trade within the maritime industry.

Tung is the 77th recipient of the award and the first third-generation Port Pilot winner. His father, C.H. Tung, and grandfather, C.Y. Tung, were recipients in 1987 and 1977, respectively.

Tung has led the Hong Kong-based OOCL, one of the top shipping lines calling at the Port of Long Beach, in various management roles since March 2006. However, he first worked for OOCL from 1993 to 1998 and has held top management jobs in the maritime industry in both the United States and Hong Kong.

Prior to his return to OOCL, he was a director of Cargosmart in Hong Kong and worked at Kong Dragon Airlines.

Under Tung’s leadership, OOCL has been in partnership with the Port of Long Beach on the $1.3 billion Middle Harbor modernization project. The new terminal is expected to utilize the world’s most advanced technology, doubling capacity and cutting emissions in half.

The Port Pilot Award was established in 1954 by the Port of Long Beach to recognize significant contributions to the advancement of world trade. The award is named for the harbor port pilots who guide cargo ships safely in and out of the port in all conditions.

More information about the award and a complete list of honorees is available at www.polb.com/portpilotaward.