It is expected that this year the capital's ports will accept about 12 million passengers of line ships in total. Of these, 9 million are ferry passengers traveling between Helsinki and Tallinn. This number does not include cruise ship passengers.
The port of Helsinki could become the world's largest passenger port this year or next year, says Executive Director of Helsingin Satama, Kimbo Mäki. Helsingin Satama is a municipal company, which includes the South and West ports, as well as the port of Katajanokka.
According to him, the exact numbers will be known at the beginning of next year, but now the capital port has almost reached the same level as the British Dover, which ranks first in the list of the world's largest passenger ports. Mäki says that in past years Helsinki has lagged behind Dover by several million passengers, but last year the difference was reduced to several percent.
"If the number of passengers continues to grow at the same rate, it is likely that our port will become the world's largest passenger port this or next year," - says Mäki.
In the port of Helsinki, the number of passengers of line ships began to grow rapidly about 10 years ago. This is mainly due to the development of transport links between Helsinki and Tallinn.