A record amount of cargo was transported via the Port of Helsinki in 2018, 14.7 Mt, up 3.3% compared to the previous year
Container traffic also hit record levels. Additionally, the first full year of pulp transport from Metsä Group’s Äänekoski plant contributed positively to the result, remarked the port’s CEO Ville Haapasaari on the reasons for the record numbers.
The total volume of unitised cargo for the year was positive, even though market growth came to a halt over the course of the year.
The port saw a good increase in cargo traffic to and from Tallinn, which totalled 4.2 Mt (+ 5.5%). In the summer, some Rostock traffic was moved away from Helsinki, and cargo traffic to and from Germany decreased by 7.1% from the previous year.
Most cargo transported via the Port of Helsinki is unitised cargo. In 2018, almost 12 Mt (+ 1.1%) of unitised cargo was moved through the port, with imports and exports being well-balanced overall. Lo-lo container traffic in 2018 totalled 509,500 TEU (+3.7%), or 4 Mt. Ro-ro traffic increased by 2.7% to 603,100 units, or 7.6 Mt expressed in tonnage terms.