Navigation & Safety

General Information  


Prevailing wind


Tide no tide
Location(s) of pilot boarding areas

59  59,00' N / 24 56,90' E  Helsinki South
60  04,00' N / 24 58,20' E  Helsinki North

Pilotage Advance Notice
Compulsory for vesels Loa. over 70m
Arrival min. 3h / Departure min. 2h
Approach channel minimum width and minimum depth
West Harbour min. width 250m, depth 12,5m
South Harbour min. width 100m, depth 12m
Distance from Pilot to cruise dock Helsinki West Harbour 10 miles
Helsinki South Harbour 7 miles
Estimated time from pilot station to dock at max. allowed speed by Port Authority West Harbour approx.1h 15min
South Harbour 45 min.
Max. speed 16 knots
Minimum depth and diameter of Turning Basin
West Harbour 10,8m / 500m.
South Harbour 7,9 m 250m
Katajanokka Harbour 9,3 m 400 m
Maximum Vessel’s Draft

West Harbour 10,8m
South Harbour 7,9m
Katajanokka Harbour 9,3 m
Port Established Maximum Vessel’s Length West Harbour LHD 360m
Air draft restrictions no
Restrictions for entering the port weather permitting
Name/Draft/LOA of large cruise ship to safely dock at the port West Harbour Regal Princess / 8,6m / 330m
Katajanokka Harbour Balmoral 218 m
South Harbour Seabourn Ovation 211 m
Tug services
available (not compulsory)
local, within 30 minutes of the port
Power, type and number of tugs available 2-3 ADS / Kombi tug 3500-5000 hp / 45-60tn bp
Ordering tug assistant 2 hours notice
Months to be avoided due to extreme temperatures / weather conditions January - March
Navigational dangers on approach none
Currents on approach to the harbour or at the berth max. 1knot
Approach is buoyed