Vuosaari Harbour is preparing itself for significant growth in pulp transport. Railway transportation from Metsä Fibre’s new Äänekoski bioproduct mill to Vuosaari Harbour begun in the third quarter of 2017. This will increase the amount of goods traffic going through Vuosaari Harbour significantly.
The harbour infrastructure construction work necessary for these new export transports was started towards the end of 2015. The approximately 6 hectare plot in which Metsä Fibre’s new terminal is located, as well as the new traffic, require major rearrangements of operations and traffic routes in the harbour area.
Another major project is deepening the Vuosaari sea fairway from its current 11 metre depth to 13 metres. The size and depth of cargo ships operating in the Baltic Sea have increased.
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 end of 2018. 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.