OOCL donates $100,000 to Universally Accessible Playground
Shown during the City Council presentation (l to r): Mayor Bob Foster,
City of Long Beach; Diane Wiley, Executive Director, Partners
of Parks; Chris Kozaites, Board President, Partners of Parks;
Anthony Otto, Vice President, Long Beach Container Terminals,
Inc.; Paul Connolly, Service Center Director, OOCL; and
Bob Livingstone, Member, Parks & Recreation Commission.
Orient Overseas Container Line Ltd
(OOCL) made the first major donation toward Long Beach’s
Universally Accessible Playground project during a ceremony
before City Council. The $100,000 contribution
was presented to Partners of Parks, which is handling fundraising for the project.
“Long Beach has been a great home for us, and we
want to help make this an even better place for all children
to live and play,” said Anthony Otto, vice president
of OOCL’s wholly-owned subsidiary, Long Beach Container
Terminals, Inc. (LBCTI).
According to Partners of Parks Board President, Chris Kozaites, “International
transportation has become a key part of the Long Beach economy,
and it is also part of the city’s social fabric and
future. OOCL and Long Beach Container have demonstrated
their commitment to our community through this generous
lead donation, which will enable us to launch the playground
OOCL’s donation comes from rebates given to the shipping
line for compliance with the Port of Long Beach’s “Green
Flag” clean air program. The voluntary program provides
rebates for vessels that reduce their speed as they enter
and depart Long Beach Harbor. OOCL maintained 100 percent
compliance with the program in 2006.
Otto further stated, “OOCL believes that business
can be conducted in an environmentally responsible way and
still be profitable. Economic drivers are rapidly changing
and, as a major player in international shipping, we must
lead the way in managing the impact of the cargo process
on our local communities.”
Hong Kong-based OOCL offers transportation services to all
major east/west trading economies of the world, providing
a full range of logistics and transportation services. Visit
their website at www.oocl.com.
The Long Beach Universally Accessible Playground, one of only
a handful in the nation, is specially designed for children
with disabilities, allowing them the freedom to play in
a safe and appropriate playground environment.
For information on the Long Beach Universally Accessible
Playground or to make a donation, contact Partners of Parks
at (562) 570-3209.