Updated info: The COVID 19 impact on port of Helsinki

29.05.2020
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Cargo traffic operations are continuing strong, even though the covid 19 has had a strong impact on the passenger traffic. The travel restrictions put in place to prevent the pandemic from spreading are being relaxed gradually. In accordance with the decision of the Finnish government on 4 May 2020, commuter traffic, other necessary traffic and the return of Finnish citizens to Finland may be resumed on Thursday 14 May 2020. A justification of the necessity of the commute will no longer be necessary. This decision will also make it easier for family members to see each other. 

Several shipping companies have opened their ticket sales. Leisure trips are not  encouraged.  

Border checks 

Strict border control measures will continue on Finnish borders at least until 14 June. 

The instructions for border traffic issued by the Border Guard

Traffic at the passenger harbours

Both ports and shipping companies are prepared for the gradual and safe return to passenger traffic in many ways. We are working in close cooperation with the authorities to ensure that traffic can resume safely. Passengers should also familiarise themselves with instructions issued by the authorities and comply with the hygiene and health regulations put in place by the authorities.

More info on the government recommendations
Government decides on plan for hybrid strategy to manage coronavirus crisis and for gradual lifting of restrictions  
Government decides on plan for hybrid strategy to manage coronavirus crisis and for gradual lifting of restrictions  
Government decided on tightening restrictions on border traffic along the border with Sweden and Norway and on steps to secure medical care in Åland

Coronavirus information by the shipping companies:

Discontinued

  • Tallink Silja: M/S Silja Europa, M/S Silja Serenade, M/S Silja Symphony
  • Viking Line: Viking XPRS, M/S Mariella, 
  • Moby SPL: M/S Princess Anastasia

Operating

  • Eckerö Line: M/S Finlandia
  • Tallink Silja: M/S Megastar, M/S Star
  • Viking Line: M/S Gabriella

 

Terminal Open  Closed
West Terminal 2 x  
West Terminal 1   x
Olympia Terminal   x
Makasiini Terminal   x
Katajanokka Terminal x  
Hansa Terminal x  

Tram 5 does not run to the Katajanokka Terminal, tram 4 does. For more information, read the HSLrelease

Traffic at Vuosaari Harbour 

Traffic at the Vuosaari Harbour continues normally with the exception of:

  • Sea Wind, operating the route between Vuosaari and Muuga, not taking on any passengers for the time being. 
  • Finbo, operating the route between Vuosaari and Tallinn and not taking on any passengers.
     

Vuosaari Harbour real-time situational status:

Vuosaari Harbour Today
 

 

Traffic statistics

The passenger traffic has practically stopped and the state of emergency can also be seen at the amount of cargo traffic. 

•    Port of Helsinki traffic statistics are published once a month, the last one being May 2020
•    Weekly traffic updates are published here on Fridays: 

Weekly trend 17-21: Passengers, liner traffic
Weekly trend 17-21: Total cargo traffic
Weekly trend 17-21: Unitized cargo traffic
Weekly trend 17-21: Unitized cargo traffic, import
Weekly trend 17-21: Unitized cargo traffic, export

 

Port of Helsinki Ltd own operations 

Port of Helsinki Ltd is doing everything it can to ensure the continuity of the operations in the coming weeks. 

In this situation the Port of Helsinki Ltd decided to grant quay side lay up to our regular customers from today to the end of April for the price of one vessel fee, in the case the vessel is not in traffic. At the end of April, the Port decided to prolong the period to the end of May.

Useful links:

More information:

Inquiries concerning restrictions on ship traffic, please contact the Prime Minister’s Office.

mediadesk(at)portofhelsinki.fi
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outside office hours: tel. 050 354 3616

Published March 18, 2020. Last updated 29 May, 2020, at 09:22: Weekly trends 17-21.