Katajanokka Harbour is Helsinki’s second oldest city harbour and was founded in 1878, when South Harbour was expanded into Katajanokka.
Until 1936 Katajanokka was home to Helsinki Airport, which also operated as a seaplane port. Passenger terminal operations started in the old harbour warehouse in 1976, with companies such as Finnjet operating from Katajanokka over the years.
The vision of the Port of Helsinki is to become the world’s most functional port and to better meet the wishes of its passengers. As part of the Port’s investment program the Katajanokka terminal is to be renewed first. The terminal’s services, look and feel, guidance and waiting area comfort will be modernized. The renovations started in early September 2019 and they will be completed in phases during 2020.
All surfaces, guidance and restroom facilities will be fully renovated. Childcare and accessibility will be better taken into account in the restrooms. The furniture in waiting areas will be replaced and the number of mobile charging will be increased. The check-in gates will be digitalized.
Terminal renovation aims to enhanced passenger experience and operations: the enjoyable cruise starts from a functional and comfortable terminal. At Katajanokka, the terminal information desk will be located in the middle of the entrance area. The second floor will provide entertainment, experiences and travel information.
Port of Helsinki has studied passenger needs and the functionality of the ship terminals. The passengers and the residents of Katajanokka expect kiosk, restaurant and café services. One of the goals of the renovation is to take the residents of area into account and make their everyday life easier.
Two private projects borne out of the activity and initiative of citizens have begun to take shape at Katajanokanlaituri, right next to Katajanokka Harbour: United International Leisure’s ferris wheel Finnair’s SkyWheel and the Korjaamo Group’s floating marine spa. Both structures are temporary and will operate at Katajanokka for a few years, or possibly longer.
These projects are not affiliated with the operations of the Port of Helsinki, but the needs of entrepreneurs in the field of maritime traffic and the security of operations at the harbour area were some of the premises for the planning of these projects.
There are also a number of longer-term construction projects planned for Katajanokka: YIT is making preparations to construct an underground car park in the area between Kruunuvuorenkatu and Katajanokkanlaituri, as well as an above-ground office and hotel project at Kanavakatu 14.