70 Years Inherited: Three generations of dockers
Updated 23:21, 10-Sep-2019

In the Shulanghu terminal of Ningbo-Zhoushan port, a 400,000-metric tonne supertanker slowly entered a tanker terminal. It’s part of the largest scale of supertankers in the world, and it can carry the cargo of 40 freight trains. China only has seven terminals authorized by the Department of Transportation for such giant tankers, and two of them are in Shulanghu. Liu Xiongbo, the manager of the Shulanghu terminal operations department, first saw this kind of supertanker on September 23, 2016. Since then, they have become frequent at the port. The reason Liu works here is because of his father and grandfather, but his working conditions are totally different from theirs. As the tankers got larger, the monthly stevedoring at the Ningbo-Zhoushan port easily exceeded the annual throughput of the 1970s. The old District Three is now out of use. When looking at the scenery, Liu Xiongbo feels that “the rapid development of the port brought a vigorous vitality to the Ningbo economy. I’m truly proud to be a docker here.”