Port Security

The Port of Helsinki’s operations in the harbour area are steered by certified quality, environmental and occupational safety systems. At international and national level the ISPS code requires all those moving around in the harbour area, with the exception of the open harbour area and public spaces, to have a permit and be monitored.

Access permits, occupational safety instructions and traffic regulations are applicable to all those working in and using vehicles to get around in the closed harbour area.

Safety measures and constant risk analyses are employed to ensure the safety of passengers, freight and those working in the harbours, as well as the smooth running of operations in the harbour areas.

The ISPS code improves the safety of maritime traffic and harbours

In harbours within the European Union the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) International Ship and Port Facility Security (ISPS) Code must be adhered to. On the basis of the code, security areas have been established in the harbours and access to and movement within these areas is permitted only with an access permit.

Security Manager
Eero Laaksonen
Tel. +358 (0)9 310 33848
Mobile +358 (0)40 514 6208
firstname.lastname(at)portofhelsinki.fi


Declaration of Security (DOS)

A ship can request a Declaration of Security.  The DOS shall be completed and signed by:

  • the master or the ship security officer (SSO) on behalf of the ship
  • the port facility security officer (PFSO)

Contact information for port facilities and their PFSO can be found on the IMO website: http://gisis.imo.org

Helsinki VTS serves as a contact point between the Port of Helsinki and ships in ports, in issues concerning security matters. PFSO can be reached, if necessary, via Helsinki VTS.