January 20 - Jurong Port has launched its new academy located at the Devan Nair Institute for Employment and Employability (e2i) in the heart of Jurong Gateway.

The Jurong Port Academy is part of the port's efforts to transform the multipurpose port industry, by leveraging new technology and innovation to enhance capabilities, increase productivity and upskill port workers, says the port.

During the launch, representatives from the port and the shipping community observed the use of simulators and other training tools. They were also briefed on how the Jurong Port Academy will train and certify port professionals to apply the latest port mechanisation and automation technologies.

Besides the Academy's premises at e2i, Jurong Port has built a dedicated training yard within the port for workers to conduct hands-on equipment training.

Ooi Boon Hoe, chief executive officer of Jurong Port, said: "The Jurong Port Academy is an integral component in our bid to transform the multipurpose port industry, enabling a sustainable and promising future for all industry participants, port users, stevedoring service providers and Jurong Port itself with its vision of being a world-class multipurpose port operator. One of the port's key objectives is to upskill the workforce, develop rewarding career pathways and attract new talent into the industry."

According to the port, the establishment of the academy involved government agencies such as the Maritime and Port Authority (MPA) of Singapore, which provided backing and financial support.

The port claims that close to USD3 million has been invested in the Jurong Port Academy.