The year 2020 is to be recorded as the year of the outbreak of the COVID-19 crisis. It also brought significant changes to the Port of Helsinki. Dealing with the pandemic situation and ensuring Finland’s security of supply in the crisis took centre stage.
Port of Helsinki Annual Report has been published on line in Finnish and in English: https://vuosikertomus2020.portofhelsinki.fi/en.
The company’s turnover was EUR 67.2 million (EUR -28.3 million). The large decrease is explained by the decrease in passenger and vessel charges. Despite the adjustment measures, the result was a loss of more than EUR 10 million.
The number of passengers passing through the Port of Helsinki plummeted due to travel restrictions imposed due to the virus. The number of liner traffic passengers was 4.8 million, 59% less than the previous year.
Despite everything, cargo traffic in Vuosaari Harbour and the harbours at the centre of Helsinki continued throughout the year, even during the exceptional circumstances. The negative effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on cargo traffic were smaller than initially estimated. Cargo traffic in the ports of Helsinki totalled 13.3 million tonnes. This is 8.5% less than the previous year.
– However, our spearhead projects progressed with determination. Here at the Port we are ready for action once we recover from the COVID-19, states Port of Helsinki CEO Ville Haapasaari.
– During the challenging year, we have been able to respond quickly to the exceptional situations in cooperation with our customers and interest groups. It has required flexibility and adjustment of operations. For this, we owe a thank you to our own staff and all the companies working at the harbours and their employees.