Helsinki is experiencing construction at a greater rate than ever before, and construction at Helsinki’s new maritime district, Jätkäsaari, is progressing at full speed. The shore area of Jätkäsaari, literally meaning ‘Dockers’ Island’, previously used for industrial and harbour purposes, is gradually being transformed into a district offering residential areas, workplaces and services.
The Port of Helsinki is involved in this work through the development of West Harbour and through the construction of a new terminal area at the tip of Jätkäsaari, where the new West Terminal 2 was opened in February 2017.
The new passenger pavilionprovides a smooth travel experience for the millions of passengers travelling between Helsinki and Tallinn each year.
The new passenger pavilion will, together with the old West Terminal 1, provide a smooth travel experience for the millions of passengers travelling between Helsinki and Tallinn each year. The route across the sea between the twin cities is one of the busiest in the world, and its passenger numbers are growing constantly.
The public transport connections to the new terminal are streamlined. Trams 7 and 6T bring passengers right to the door of the terminal with departures at frequent intervals, and by the 2020s three tram lines will run to the terminal. The spacious terminal itself is easy to move about in and walking distances to the ships are short.
West Terminal 2 also offers smooth operations from the perspective of ship traffic. A new automated ship docking system is implemented at quay LJ7, using vacuum technology to hold ships in place at the quay. It is complemented by a new a dual ramp, allowing vehicles to be driven onto the ship on two levels at the same time. The vessel route was improved with the completion of the Pihlajasaari by-pass fairway.