The main focus of international cruise ship traffic has, since 2000, moved from South Harbour to West Harbour, due to the growing size of the ships. Currently, up to 90% of international cruise ship passengers come to Helsinki through the quays in Hernesaari and West Harbour.
Use of Melkki Quay for the Port of Helsinki’s cruise ship traffic will end in 2019. Melkki Quay will be replaced with a new quay built at Hernesaari, which will become an extension to the current quays in the area and be mostly intended for use by large cruise ships.
The new quay will ensure Helsinki’s current position as one of the Baltic Sea’s best cruise destinations continues into the future.
Passenger and crew services can be managed more effectively if the cruise ship quays are located in close proximity to each other. Good tram connections will allow passengers to get to the city centre more easily.
A maritime residential area is planned in Hernesaari, offering a wide range of boating and sailing services, and in the summer the residents can also admire the international cruise ships passing through.