The Port of Helsinki’s traffic figures for 2019 are excellent. A total of 12.2 million ship passengers travelled via Helsinki, which maintained its status as the busiest international passenger port in Europe. Cargo volumes in 2019 were close to the previous record
Liner traffic on the Tallinn route remains extremely popular, but the most substantial growth was in the passenger numbers in international cruise traffic. In cargo traffic, the goods of Finland’s foreign trade flowed via the Port almost at the record rate of 2018, even though 2019 started off slow.
The Port of Helsinki has been the busiest international passenger port in Europe for three years in a row. Last year, a total of 12.2 million ship passengers travelled via the Port of Helsinki. The number of passengers grew by 1% from 2018.
In regular liner traffic, 11.6 million passengers travelled via Helsinki, which is 0.4% more than the previous year.
The most popular route, Helsinki–Tallinn, showed an upward trend. The route had 8.9 million passengers (+0.8%), which equals nearly 77% of all passengers in the liner traffic in the Port of Helsinki. Thanks to fast and frequent ship traffic, Helsinki and Tallinn are in many ways developing as twin cities where both tourists and workers are moving between the two sides. This has a significant impact on the economic life of the cities.
International cruise traffic in Helsinki broke a new record in 2019: as many as 603,500 cruise ship passengers visited the city, which surpassed the previous year’s numbers by 16%.
There were 303 cruise ship dockings during the cruise season (+6%). This was the first season with over 300 dockings.
The status of cargo traffic is good – container traffic is strong
In 2019, a total of 14.4 million tonnes of goods were transported via the Port of Helsinki. This is a 2% decrease from the record number of the previous year.
Most of the goods transported via the Port of Helsinki are unitized cargo for Finland’s foreign trade, transported in trucks, trailers and containers. In 2019, a total of 11.7 million tonnes (+0.5%) of it was transported via the Port of Helsinki.
Port of Helsinki
Photo: Julius Konttinen