General Information
Prevailing windSW
Tideno tide
Location(s) of pilot boarding areas59 59,00′ N / 24 56,90′ E Helsinki South
60 04,00′ N / 24 58,20′ E Helsinki North
Pilotage Advance NoticeCompulsory for vesels Loa. over 70m
Arrival min. 3h / Departure min. 2h
Approach channel minimum width and minimum depthWest Harbour min. width 250m, depth 12,5m
South Harbour min. width 100m, depth 12m
Distance from Pilot to cruise dockHelsinki West Harbour 10 miles
Helsinki South Harbour 7 miles
Estimated time from pilot station to dock at max. allowed speed by Port AuthorityWest Harbour approx.1h 15min
South Harbour 45 min.
Max. speed 16 knots
Minimum depth and diameter of Turning BasinWest Harbour 10,8m / 500m.
South Harbour 7,9 m 250m
Katajanokka Harbour 9,3 m 400 m
Maximum Vessel’s DraftWest Harbour 10,8m
South Harbour 7,9m
Katajanokka Harbour 9,3 m
Port Established Maximum Vessel’s LengthWest Harbour LHD 360m
Air draft restrictionsno
Restrictions for entering the portweather permitting
Name/Draft/LOA of large cruise ship to safely dock at the portWest Harbour Regal Princess / 8,6m / 330m
Katajanokka Harbour Balmoral 218 m
South Harbour Seabourn Ovation 211 m
Tug servicesavailable (not compulsory)
local, within 30 minutes of the port
Power, type and number of tugs available2-3 ADS / Kombi tug 3500-5000 hp / 45-60tn bp
Ordering tug assistant2 hours notice
Months to be avoided due to extreme temperatures / weather conditionsJanuary – March
Navigational dangers on approachnone
Currents on approach to the harbour or at the berthmax. 1knot
Approach is buoyed