New upper ramp to speed up vehicle boarding in Katajanokka

25.02.2019
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Viking XPRS Katajanokalla Helsingissä

The Port of Helsinki has commissioned the building of a new upper ramp for the Katajanokka terminal, which will speed up vehicle boarding, shortening the queuing times of passengers traveling by car. The new ramp will be used by Viking Line’s XPRS fast ferry.

The construction of Katajanokka’s new ramp is expected to be completed by mid-June. The ramp will speed up the loading and unloading of vehicles on the XPRS by approximately 15 minutes.
 
– This upgrade is very important for us. The shorter queueing times will result in an improved passenger experience, says Terminal Manager Tom Kotka from Viking Line.
– The ramp will make the car deck’s loading and unloading process more efficient. At present, the upper car deck, meaning the passenger car deck, is unloaded via the lower cargo deck with the help of an internal ramp. The new ramp will allow us to unload cargo from the lower deck and passenger cars from the upper deck simultaneously.
 
The XPRS’s upper car deck was already adapted during maintenance in January with the addition of an opening for the new ramp.
 
The Port of Helsinki has invested just over one million euros in the new ramp. The construction of the new ramp will first require the shortening of the passenger corridor at ferry berth EK7, and the necessary demolition has already been completed. The new ramp will be built by Lohkoasennus Oy, who also built the West Harbour’s new side ramp last spring.

For more information, please contact:
Development Manager Ari Parviainen, Port of Helsinki Ltd
ari.parviainen(at)portofhelsinki.fi
tel. +358 (0) 50 0214904