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Guest Column: Patience pays off

4.7.2016 Text: Kimmo Mäki Photos: Passenger Terminal Today
Best of Helsinki_Kimmo Mäki

Those accustomed to travelling between Finland and Estonia may feel that access to the ships could be a little more convenient right now. No matter how you look at it, the West Harbour is a construction site.

Those accustomed to travelling between Finland and Estonia may feel that access to the ships could be a little more convenient right now. No matter how you look at it, the West Harbour is a construction site. A new city district is being built while the harbour itself is being developed to be more harmonious and easier for traffic. Our pride, West Terminal 2, has already reached its final form. What is now something akin to chaos is becoming a very functional harbour, and also a pleasant seaside district for local residents.

The West Harbour has one of the best locations in Helsinki, which is why the Port of Helsinki wants all passengers and residents to feel particularly comfortable in the area. Which is why we are building a modern, spacious passenger pavilion to improve our services in the West Harbour. Short distances inside the building and the functionality and comfort of the facilities have been some of the key drivers of the design.

In addition to the new buildings, the area will also have new traffic arrangements. We want cars to be able to effortlessly transfer to the harbour area and on and off vessels, which has made us rethink everything. The automatic checking of vehicles boarding the vessels, a new method of docking vessels with the help of an automooring service, and the clear prioritisation of environmental issues are just a few examples of the new implementations envisaged so far.

On the other hand, we are constantly keeping ourselves busy as West Terminal 2 is intended to be opened for passengers next spring. Streets are being built to be more functional, parking in the area will be reorganised, public traffic to the area will be increased; all this means that boarding a ship at the West Terminal will be much more fun than before. Of course, we have wanted to make travelling as easy as possible for the duration of the construction work.

Soon, however, we will reach the stage where the new ship terminal will be finished and the trees will grow lush and green under the summer sun glistening over the sea before us. Meanwhile, I would like to wish all passengers to and from Helsinki a very pleasant trip!
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Writer is a CEO of Port of Helsinki Ltd.

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