Port worker takes pride in job, duty as del­e­gate

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - TOP NEWS - By XIE CHUANJIAO in Qing­dao xiechuan­jiao@chi­nadaily.com.cn

Pi Jin­jun, 45, is a steve­dore at the Port of Qing­dao in east China’s Shan­dong prov­ince. He has helped im­prove ef­fi­ciency and safety at work, but per­haps a duty that evokes more pride is that as a del­e­gate to the 19th Na­tional Congress of the Com­mu­nist Party of China, his sec­ond time in such a role.

Pi, who be­gan work­ing at the port in 1991, said he and his team have set four world records in load­ing and un­load­ing pa­per pulp.

“The ‘sweat econ­omy’ has gone and in­no­va­tion abil­ity is im­por­tant for our blue col­lars,” said Pi, who be­gan bag­ging bulk cargo and now has climbed the ranks to deputy di­rec­tor of a load­ing and un­load­ing team at the port.

As a del­e­gate to the 18th and 19th CPC Na­tional Con­gresses, Pi said the two-time hon­ors be­long to all in­dus­trial work­ers across the coun­try.

“Ev­ery word Gen­eral Sec­re­tary Xi Jin­ping said in his re­port to the 19th Na­tional Congress of the Com­mu­nist Party of China has echoed in our in­dus­trial work­ers’ minds,” Pi said.

He said there were 71 rounds of ap­plause dur­ing Xi’s re­port to the congress and the cheer­ing was espe­cially strong when he re­ferred to the “Chi­nese dream”.

Pi and his col­leagues are re­al­iz­ing their Chi­nese dream by build­ing a pros­per­ous port.

“Dur­ing the past five years, the Port of Qing­dao fol­lowed the CPC Cen­tral Com­mit­tee’s in­struc­tions and aimed at be­ing a world-class port with in­no­va­tive and con­struc­tive steps,” said Pi.

At his first as­sign­ment, which re­quired ex­treme phys­i­cal ef­fort, he worked 12 hours ev­ery day and shoul­dered more than 200 met­ric tons of cargo. By the end of the week, his skin was worn and scabbed over on both arms.

Soon after, he found his team was less ef­fi­cient than others. To catch up, he read books, learned of others’ ex­pe­ri­ences. Fi­nally, he in­vented a “five-step” method im­prov­ing many work­ing de­tails such as bag­ging, sew­ing and hook­ing.

Orig­i­nally, each bag­ging move re­quired 12 sec­onds. But his method helped re­duce that to nine sec­onds. His team took ad­van­tage of the time saved to bag 350 tons more of cargo a day.

“The new method also guar­an­teed work safety. Be­sides, ev­ery col­league on my team can earn 500 yuan ($76) more each month,” Pi re­called.

As a man con­stantly pur­su­ing ef­fi­ciency and ex­cel­lence, Pi made more than 400 pro­pos­als in the past 26 years, with more than 100 of them adopted by port of­fi­cials to op­ti­mize port op­er­a­tions. Pi was called the “Mas­ter of Ideas” by some col­leagues, and many ser­vices at the port have been la­beled with his name, such as Jin­jun zhuangche (in-truck­ing), Jin­jun guanzhuang (bag­ging), Jin­jun dongyu (fish-freez­ing) and Jin­jun da­jian (large item to han­dle).

Now, the Port of Qing­dao has a yearly cargo ca­pac­ity of over 500 mil­lion tons, rank­ing it sev­enth in the world. Its con­tainer op­er­a­tion is the fastest in the world. The port has been con­nected with the world through more than 170 routes and wel­comes over 700 ships monthly, more than the to­tal num­bers of all ports in North China.

The port’s Dongji­akou area has an ore dock with 400,000 tons of ca­pac­ity and a crude oil dock with 450,000 tons of ca­pac­ity. The cargo port’s old area has been up­graded to a first-class cruise ter­mi­nal.

“The port’s rev­enue and profit have kept dou­ble-digit growth in the past three years and our in­dus­trial work­ers have a new look, thanks to the Party’s bril­liant poli­cies and the port’s de­ci­sion to up­grade the in­dus­try,” Pi said.

Asia’s first fully au­to­mated ter­mi­nal was put into com­mer­cial op­er­a­tion at the Port of Qing­dao in May. Do­mes­tic ex­perts spent only three years — usu­ally a task tak­ing eight to 10 years in for­eign coun­tries — to com­plete the ter­mi­nal. After a half-year in op­er­a­tion, its sin­gle ma­chine can fin­ish 30 units per hour, lead­ing the world.


Dock worker Pi Jin­jun di­rects his team at the Port of Qing­dao in Shan­dong prov­ince in July.

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