Cargo traffic contracts – passenger volumes collapse
According to transport statistics, cargo traffic at the Port of Helsinki experienced a year-on-year fall of 8.1 per cent in April.
In relative terms, the greatest decline was seen in unitised cargo traffic: 19.2 per cent. Traffic fell by 6.8 per cent in January–April compared to the corresponding period of the previous year.
The downswing in container traffic did, however, stabilise during April, when container volumes rose by 4.7 per cent. Yet the number of empty containers leaving the port was unfortunately high. In early 2020, every fourth container has left Vuosaari empty.
In January–April, container traffic experienced a year-on-year decline of 6.2 per cent.
Passenger figures for April were harsh. Due to coronavirus restrictions, there were practically no passengers to be seen aboard ships, leading to a fall of 95.3 per cent on the previous year. More than 900,000 passengers were recorded in April 2019, compared to just over 43,000 this year. In January–April, passenger numbers saw a year-on-year fall of about 40 per cent