• 2020 October 26 14:03

    Port of Helsinki passenger traffic down 53.9% to 4.1 million in Jan-Sept 2020

    At the end of the third quarter of the year, the Port of Helsinki’s operations are suffering from the travel restrictions and global economy challenges caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the company said in its release.

    The number of liner traffic passengers at the Port of Helsinki between January and September was 4.1 million, which is 53.9% less than last year. At the turn of September and October, the amount of passenger traffic that passed through the Port of Helsinki was roughly -80% compared to the same time last year.

    The number of liner traffic passengers increased during the summer season, after an almost complete halt in the spring, but the COVID-19 situation began to deteriorate again in August. At the end of September, Finland reinstated internal border control of the Schengen area and tightened the conditions for travel. In this difficult situation, shipping companies have reduced the number of vessel calls, and traffic to Sweden is not expected to reopen until spring.

    The Port of Helsinki is the most important transit point for food and other daily consumer goods in Finland, and its role in ensuring international cargo traffic and Finland’s security of supply is significant. Cargo traffic has been successfully maintained throughout the difficult pandemic, although the total amount of cargo has decreased somewhat from last year.

    Between January and September, the Port of Helsinki Group’s total cargo traffic was 9.8 million tonnes (-9.0%). The same level of roughly 10% lower than last year is also expected to continue for the last quarter of the year.

    Unitized cargo traffic amounted to 8.5 million tonnes (-8.3%). The unitized traffic on the Tallinn route increased by 3.7% compared to last year.

    The consequences of the pandemic are impacting the company’s financial situation negatively. The Port of Helsinki Ltd’s turnover for January–September was EUR 52.5 million, which is EUR 21.0 million (-28.6%) less than last year.

    Due to the prevailing pandemic and the resulting decrease in the amount of traffic, as well as the poor financial situation, the turnover for 2020 is estimated to be EUR 66.8 million (2019: EUR 95.6 million), which will be a clear loss for the company.

    The company has adapted its cost structure, reduced service purchases and postponed some investments, among other things. However, the company has still been able to move forward with the most important investments as planned. Several of them are related to enhancing efficiency of operations and achieving the Port’s carbon neutrality target by 2035.

2020 November 27

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17:26 FESCO delivered extra heavy power equipment from Russia to Bangladesh
17:05 LR, Anemoi and SDARI join forces on rotor sail designs
16:39 Interested parties invited to submit offers on development of deepwater terminal in Świnoujście
16:14 Sea-Cargo starts new freight service via Gothenburg
15:50 Yantar shipyard delivers new trawler of Project SK-3101R
15:48 Mikki Koskinen elected as the new Chairman of Finnish Shipowners’ Association
15:36 Head of Delo Group outlined tasks for updated composition of TransContainer BoD
15:15 IHM Certification for UK flag ships subject to PSC inspection at EU ports
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14:14 Wilhelmsen awarded funding for Singapore 3D printing project
13:59 World Maritime University and Batumi State Maritime Academy signed MoU
13:33 Bunker prices recover in the Far East ports of Russia (graph)
13:14 Fully integrated Wärtsilä Hybrid Solution selected for new Misje Rederi bulk carriers
12:50 BW Lilac to deliver its first LNG cargo to Klaipėda LNG terminal
12:25 Russian Maritime Register of Shipping takes part in ROOGD-2020
12:01 The world’s first LPG-fuelled vessel has set sail
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11:07 DEME awarded the prestigious Abu Qir port project in Egypt
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2020 November 26

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17:51 RF Navy’s frigate Admiral Gorshkov performs tests in the White Sea
17:27 DFDS and its partners apply for EU support for development of hydrogen ferry
17:24 Rosneft conducts stratigraphic drilling on Arctic shelf
16:59 RF Navy's corvette Boykiy completed missions in the English Channel
16:27 RF State Duma approves lifting the ban on storage of agricultural chemicals in ports
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14:58 Western Shipyard boosts its vessel repair capacity
14:33 Keppel secures contract worth about S$100 million for FPSO project
14:29 EU funds to dredge the navigation channel up to -15 meters in Klaipeda Port
14:02 BC Ferries to trial two ship service on Campbell River – Quadra Island route
13:48 Andrey Severilov elected as Chairman of FESCO BoD
13:30 The Danish Armed Forces and DFDS enter into an agreement on providing ships for the transport of military equipment
13:22 MPA invites market specialists to join its International Safety@Sea Webinar Series
13:02 Fincantieri with the fishing association “Federpesca” to revive the national fishing economy
12:24 Rosneft completed survey and design stage of the project to a port in Sever Bay
12:01 APM Terminals Apapa continues equipment investment programme
11:31 Huntington Ingalls Industries awarded contract for construction of first two Columbia-class submarine modules
11:06 Aquila Power Catamarans rolls out its redesigned sport power catamaran
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2020 November 25

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