Vuosaari Harbour is preparing itself for the ever-increasing size of ships by deepening the Vuosaari fairway and by applying for permission to lengthen the quays.
The size and depth of cargo ships operating in the Baltic Sea have increased. One project to ensure future growth is the deepening of the Vuosaari Harbour fairway from its current 11 metre depth to to a maximum draught of 13 metres. This will make it possible for more energy-efficient and low-emission vessels per cargo unit to enter and be moored at the harbour.
Ongoing and future projects in the Port of Helsinki’s Vuosaari Harbour:
Fairway deepening project
Vuosaari Harbour and the Finnish Transport Agency have applied together for a permit from the Regional State Administrative Agency to dredge the sea fairway leading to the harbour, deepening it from 11 metres to 13 metres. The permit was granted in June 2017 but is not yet effective because of an appeal made to the Administrative Court of Vaasa. The court is expected to make its decision at the beginning of 2019. The project has been granted total of 6.7 million euros of EU funding.
Construction of the fairway is planned to take place across two open water seasons.
- A disembarkation bridge for foot passengers was constructed at the CP pier. Investment was co-financed by the European Union's Connecting Europe Facility funding programme.
- Traffic connections in the closed harbour area were improved by changing the crossroads of Harbour Road East and Harbour Road West, where traffic was controlled by traffic lights, to a roundabout, to ease the flow of traffic.
- The construction works on the export terminal, located in Vuosaari and intended for Metsä Fibre Oy’s Äänekoski pulp mill are progressing, was completed in May 2017.
- In the yard area of the terminal under construction for Metsä Fibre, a blind track for train transports was built. A number of level crossings, complete with warning devices, was also constructed.
- The filling in of the old docking basin in Vuosaari’s former shipyard to make it level with the surrounding field was completed at the turn of September–October 2016. Processing and storage operations for empty containers were located in the area.
Construction of Vuosaari Harbour was one of the largest civil construction projects in Finnish history, as well as being the largest harbour project. The harbour was officially opened on 28 November 2008.