West Harbour, Helsinki

West Harbour (Finnish: Länsisatama, Swedish: Västra hamnen) is a passenger and cargo harbour in the Jätkäsaari district of Helsinki, Finland, in the southwestern part of the Helsinginniemi peninsula. The Länsisatama harbour area also includes the Munkkisaaren laituri pier on the west side of Munkkisaari, used by cruiseliners. The harbour is operated by the Port of Helsinki.

Artic (left) and Valmet (right) trams at the terminus at Terminal 2
Cars being unloaded from Tallink's MS Star.
View of Länsisatama harbour in 2006 when container traffic was still in operation.

It has two passenger terminals: West Terminal 1 (Finnish: Länsiterminaali 1, Swedish: Västra terminalen 1) and West Terminal 2, which opened in February 2017. West Terminal 1 is used mainly by passenger ships from Helsinki to Saint Petersburg. West Terminal 2 is specialised in fast scheduled traffic to Tallinn, Estonia. As of 2013, Tallink and Eckerö Line operate routes to Tallinn, and St. Peter Line to Saint Petersburg.

The construction of a new residential area for 15 thousand inhabitants in Jätkäsaari continues as of April 2020, using land freed up after the container traffic in West Harbour was moved to Vuosaari Harbour in 2008.

Immediately next to West Harbour, in the Munkkisaari quarter, there is the Helsinki shipyard in Hietalahti. However, it is not counted as part of the harbour area of Länsisatama.

Länsisatama is also the 20th neighbourhood of the city, extending around the harbour.

The passenger terminals are served by Helsinki tram lines 7 and 9.[1]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "West Terminal 2". Port of Helsinki. Retrieved 2020-04-19.

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Coordinates: 60°09′21″N 024°54′51″E / 60.15583°N 24.91417°E / 60.15583; 24.91417