Katajanokka Harbour is Helsinki’s second oldest city harbour and was founded in 1878, when South Harbour was expanded into Katajanokka. Passenger terminal operations started in the old harbour warehouse in 1976.

Ongoing and future projects

Icebreaker quay repair project

  • Icebreaker quay EKJ to be repaired
  • Planned
  • Estimated to be completed in October 2024

Improving the area’s lighting

  • The lighting of the harbour fields in South Harbour and Katajanokka will be improved. At the same time, we will transition to energy-efficient LED lighting
  • Ongoing
  • Estimated to be completed in March 2024

Recently completed

Gate system for passenger vehicle check-in

  • A smart port system was implemented for passenger cars at the Katajanokka Harbour to automate the guidance of vehicles boarding ships. The data system interfaces of the Port and shipping company were integrated. The operations are supported by a new preliminary identification point that identifies vehicles and measures them. Based on the preliminary identification data, the vehicle is guided on a vehicle-specific basis to the desired check-in lane and onwards to the desired boarding lane.
  • This project is part of the streamlining of the sea traffic between Helsinki and Tallinn as well as the development of the Europe-wide Ten-T network. The project has received support from the EU investment project TwinPort4.
  • Completed 9/2023
Co financed by the European Union logo.

Gate system for heavy traffic check-in

  • A smart port gate system to support shipping companies check-in process was implemented for heavy traffic at the West Harbour. It includes a preliminary identification point, as well as it’s appliances and software. The data system interfaces of the Port and shipping company are integrated.
  • This project is part of the streamlining of the sea traffic between Helsinki and Tallinn as well as the development of the Europe-wide Ten-T network. The project has received support from the EU investment project Twin-Port4.
  • Completed 9/2023
Co financed by the European Union logo.

Increasing the energy efficiency of Satamatalo and the terminal buildings

  • The energy use of the properties of West Terminal 2, Katajanokka Terminal, Olympia Terminal and the HQ of the Port of Helsinki, Satamatalo, was optimised and improved. A solar power plant was installed on the roof of the Olympia Terminal. Additionally, the effectiveness of the district heat recovery of the buildings was improved, ventilation machines upgraded and connected to the building automation system, and replacement of lamps with LED lights was continued.
  • The project is part of the Port of Helsinki’s carbon neutrality programme.
  • Business Finland’s Energy Aid is available for the project
  • Completed in June 2022

Cooling system for the terminal’s 2nd floor

  • Katajanokka Terminal received a new cooling system for it’s 2nd floor departure hall to further enhance passenger experience.
  • Completed 6/2022

Main transformer substation

  • Port of Helsinki built a new main transformer substation to serve the whole Katajanokka harbour area.
  • Completed in 8/2021

Interior renovation of the 1st floor of Katajanokka Terminal

  • Interior renovations were carried out on the 1st floor of Katajanokka Terminal to improve the comfort and ease of travel and the facilities reserved for service providers, among other things.
  • Completed in May 2021

Renovation of the 2nd and 3rd floors of Katajanokka Terminal

  • The overall look of the passenger facilities on the 2nd and 3rd floors of Katajanokka Terminal were completely updated, the waiting areas were renovated and the signage was developed. The needs of families with children and people with reduced mobility were taken into account better in the toilet facilities. The furniture in the waiting areas was renewed and phone charging points were added. The check-in gates were also replaced and the number of gates was increased. Additionally, the kitchen of the restaurant on the 3rd floor was completely renewed and the dining room surfaces were renewed.
  • Completed in September 2020