Developing West Harbour

Helsinki is experiencing construction at a greater rate than ever before, and construction at Helsinki’s new maritime district, Jätkäsaari, is progressing at full speed. The shore area of Jätkäsaari, literally meaning ‘Dockers’ Island’, previously used for industrial and harbour purposes, is gradually being transformed into a district offering residential areas, workplaces and services.

The Port of Helsinki is involved in this work through the development of West Harbour and through the construction of a new terminal area at the tip of Jätkäsaari, where the new West Terminal 2 was opened in February 2017.

The new passenger pavilion will, together with the old West Terminal 1, provide a smooth travel experience for the millions of passengers travelling between Helsinki and Tallinn each year.

The route across the sea between the twin cities is one of the busiest in the world, and its passenger numbers are growing constantly.

The public transport connections to the new terminal are streamlined. Trams 9 and 6T bring passengers right to the door of the terminal with departures at frequent intervals, and by the 2020s three tram lines will run to the terminal.

West Terminal 2 also offers smooth operations from the perspective of ship traffic. A new automated ship docking system is implemented at quay LJ7, using vacuum technology to hold ships in place at the quay. It is complemented by a new a dual ramp, allowing vehicles to be driven onto the ship on two levels at the same time.

The vessel route was improved with the completion of the Pihlajasaari by-pass fairway.

Timetable for the entire project

  • Construction works started in the area, January 2015
  • New quays completed, June 2015
  • Construction of West Terminal 2 started, September 2015
  • New check-in area opened, 30 May 2016
  • Construction of the southern end of Tyynenmerenkatu began, October 2015
  • The southern part of Tyynenmerenkatu and the tram line open for traffic to West Terminal 2, February 2017
  • Tyynenmerenkatu due for completion autumn 2017
  • West Terminal 2 due for completion February 2017

Environmentally friendly terminal

Kartta Länsisatama 2016-2017

West Harbour – maps 2016 and 2017. Harbour area's traffic arrangements will be finished by autumn 2017. Untill then, temporary arrangements are marked on the site.

Projects in progress at West Harbour

Delivery and installation of LJ8 disembarkation bridges at West Harbour,
Adelte Ports & Maritime, Spain
Due for completion June 2017


The Port of Helsinki’s independently led infrastructure work
Due for completion December 2017

Electrical works in the expansion area, Aro Systems Oy
Due for completion June 2017

Paving contract 2016-2017, Lemminkäinen Infra Oy,
Due for completion October 2017

Construction of the surface structure of Tyynenmerenkatu, Lemminkäinen Infra Oy
Due for completion September 2017


Repairing of the pile planking that protects LJ6 from currents, phase 2
Destia Oy
Due for completion October 2017

Upcoming projects

Car park P1
Planning 2017
Constructing 2018-2019

LJ8 side ramp
Planning Autumn 2017
Constructing Autumn 2017 – Spring 2018


Co financed by EU