These harbour regulations and the safety regulations and instructions issued by Port of Helsinki Ltd (Port of Helsinki) apply within the territory and harbour area of the Port of Helsinki. The harbour and water areas of the Port of Helsinki are marked on the attached maps.
Map of Vuosaari Harbour:
Map of the passenger harbours:
Notices to the Port of Helsinki
An advance notice of an arriving vessel must be given to the Port of Helsinki no later than 24 hours before arrival; or, if the voyage is to last for less than 24 hours, no later than upon departure from the previous port of call; or, if the next port of call is not known or has been changed en route, as soon as the information is available. The notice must indicate the name of the vessel, the estimated time of arrival, the port of departure, the type and quantity of cargo, and the requested berth. No advance notice need be given for vessels in scheduled traffic, unless the Port of Helsinki specifically requires notice.
An arrival notice and a departure notice must be given to the Port of Helsinki at once after arrival or departure, unless it has been otherwise agreed. The notice must indicate the unloaded and loaded cargo and the numbers of disembarked and embarked passengers. The master and the shipping agent must also provide all other information needed for the collection of fees by the Port of Helsinki.
A notice of the schedule of a passenger vessel and any changes to the schedule must be given well in advance of the schedule or the change taking effect. Traffic must not be commenced before the Port of Helsinki has approved the schedule.
A notice must be given to the Port of Helsinki of tugs and other comparable commercial vessels operating or based in the harbour, before the operations are commenced. Berthing is subject to agreement with the Port of Helsinki.
If the vessel is arriving from a location where a generally dangerous contagious disease is present or if a person on board the vessel has fallen ill during the crossing with a disease that is dangerous to the public, suspected to be contagious or is unknown, notice of this must be given in good time to the Port of Helsinki, and advice from the Port must be awaited before entering the port.
In case of the death of or occurrence of a serious illness in an animal on board during the crossing, notice of this must be given to the Port of Helsinki. In such cases, no animals may be unloaded from the vessel without the permission of the city veterinarian or another competent veterinary health authority.
Format of notices
Notices must be given electronically via the PortNet system in a format approved by the Port of Helsinki, or in some other format as specifically agreed.
Arrival of a vessel and berth allocation
In the harbour area, vessel speed must be set so as not to cause damage, harm or danger. Speed limits are indicated with waterway traffic signs. A vessel in need of pilotage must request a pilot from an enterprise or organisation providing official pilotage services.
A vessel must be moored or anchored at the location indicated by the Port of Helsinki; she must not be moved without permission of the Port of Helsinki. Manoeuvring a vessel in the harbour area is allowed also with a person approved by the Port of Helsinki acting as master’s counsellor and navigation expert. The master must be certain of the current depth at the vessel’s location.
A vessel must be moored avoiding any damage to the quay or to equipment on the quay. Where necessary, tug assistance must be obtained for mooring and unmooring. The Port of Helsinki may also direct a vessel to obtain tug assistance.
Personnel of a company approved (Port Services Regulation) by the Port of Helsinki must be used for mooring and unmooring unless otherwise agreed upon. Unmooring personnel must be ordered according to the instructions of the company providing the service.
The Port of Helsinki may prohibit the use of propellers alongside quays whose foundations would be damaged by propeller currents, and direct the vessel to obtain tug assistance. Anchoring must be avoided alongside quays. A sufficient number of fenders must be deployed while alongside.
Gangways and ship’s ladders must be equipped with handrails and safety netting; they must be lighted during hours of darkness. Gangways and ship’s ladders must be attached avoiding harm and damage. Ship’s equipment projecting beyond the gunwale must not impede operations on the quay or on the seaward side of the vessel.
If a vessel is to engage in operations that may cause danger or damage while alongside, the permission of the Port of Helsinki must be obtained.
Where necessary, a vessel must be moved on the directive of the Port of Helsinki. A vessel that has not been laid up must have aboard sufficient crew for moving her. The Port of Helsinki may grant exceptions to this requirement.
A laid-up vessel may be berthed in the harbour only by permission of the Port of Helsinki and on the conditions imposed by it.
The owner or operator of a vessel without a berthing permission must remove her from the harbour on the directive of the Port of Helsinki.
Unloading, loading and warehousing of cargo
When unloading or loading cargo, it must be ensured that the quay structures or other harbour equipment are not damaged. A mobile crane may be driven to a quay only after it has been made sure that the quay will hold the weight and only after permission has been obtained from the Port of Helsinki.
Cargo-handling machinery must be equipped with warning lights and marked with the name or logo of the owner and an identification number. The logo of the owner must be marked also to other stevedoring equipment. Stevedoring equipment and cargo-handling machinery must not be stored in the quay area.
When unloading or loading hazardous materials, the master or the consignor must, on the request of the Port of Helsinki, arrange for sufficient guarding and undertake other safety measures at their own expense. In addition, the specific directives of the Port of Helsinki must be observed when unloading or loading tankers carrying liquid fuels. Where necessary, access to the unloading or loading area must be restricted with signs, barriers or other comparable means.
Hazardous materials and hazardous waste may only be warehoused in warehouses and outdoor storage sites designated for the purpose. Explosives or radioactive materials must not be warehoused without the permission of the Port of Helsinki.
If vermin are detected in the cargo, unloading must be interrupted.
Cargo, hauling equipment, packing materials and other items must not be sited so that they impede traffic or the operation of rescue or fire-fighting equipment.
The consignor must remove from the harbour area any cargo that causes harm or damage owing to leaking, smell or some other reason, or move it to a designated site. If the cargo handler does not remove the harmful cargo, the Port of Helsinki may remove it at the expense of the consignor.
Miscellaneous environmental provisions
The master must ensure that no pollutants or waste are discharged from the vessel into the water. The master must also ensure that the operations of the vessel do not cause undue harm to other harbour users.
The master or the cargo handler must notify the Port of Helsinki at once of any pollutants or waste discharged into the water, and undertake measures for their removal. It is prohibited to shoal the harbour area without the permission of the Port of Helsinki.
The cargo handler must ensure that the harbour is not unnecessarily dirtied and that no unnecessary noise is caused. The Port of Helsinki may interrupt the handling of cargo, if this results in dirt or noise causing a nuisance.
The cargo handler and the customer must ensure that litter, waste, pallets and tarpaulins are taken to the designated sites and that dirtied areas are cleaned.
Undertakings operating in the harbour area must take due note of the terms of the environmental permits held by the Port of Helsinki, as well as comply with the specific directives issued by the Port of Helsinki on the basis of the permit terms.
Undertakings must provide the Port of Helsinki with access to their premises, machinery and equipment in the harbour area for the purpose of inspections as required in the environmental permits.
Undertakings must provide the Port of Helsinki, free of charge, with all information necessary for compliance with the terms of the environmental permits, as well as participate in investigations as required in the said terms, in so far as these pertain to the operations of the undertaking in question.
Precautions against fire
If the cargo of a vessel is inflammable, hazard signs must be clearly deployed. Naked flames, repairs causing sparks and smoking are prohibited on deck and on the quays and waters near the vessel.
Ventilation of tanks where inflammable materials have been stored is prohibited without the permission of the Port of Helsinki and the competent public authority. Separate directives apply to the electrical grounding of tankers.
Naked flames and smoking are prohibited in harbour and warehouse areas designated for inflammable liquids. The prohibition applies also to the water area to a distance of 50 meters from the warehouse area, quays and vessels. In other respects, separate provisions apply to naked flames within the harbour area.
Fire rescue routes in the warehouse and outdoor storage areas, as well as routes to fire hydrants, fire wells and fire hoses, must be kept clear at all times. Fire-fighting and rescue equipment and automatic fire detection and extinguishing equipment must be maintained in constant working order; fire extinguishers must be kept easily accessible.
The crews of vessels in the harbour must participate, to the best of their ability, in rescue operations and to the moving of vessels away from danger zones, as directed by the authorities.
Land and rail traffic
All vehicles must yield to trains, passenger gangways, quay cranes and other equipment moving on rail tracks. Parking on rail tracks is prohibited. When a vehicle is being unloaded or loaded over rail tracks, the driver must not leave the vehicle.
Speed limits, parking areas and other traffic arrangements are indicated with traffic signs or other signposts.
Procedure in the event of accident or violation
If a vessel or a boat has run aground or sunk, the owner or the operator must at once notify the Port of Helsinki and remove the vessel or boat as soon as possible.
If a sunken vessel or other object in the water causes danger or impedes traffic, the owner or operator must attach caution markers to it.
If a quay or other equipment of the Port of Helsinki is damaged owing to the operations of a harbour user, the Port of Helsinki must at once be notified of the same. The Port of Helsinki will arrange for a damage assessment; the party causing the damage or the agent will be summoned to the assessment.
If a vessel, boat, cargo or cargo-handling equipment has been sited without permission, otherwise in violation of these harbour regulations or in a manner impeding traffic, and the master, driver, owner or operator does not remove it, the Port of Helsinki may see to the removal at the expense of the violator.
Objects impeding traffic must not be installed in the harbour area without the permission of the Port of Helsinki.
It is prohibited to fish on fairways, harbour basins, quays, bridges and other comparable sites, if this causes inconvenience. Swimming in harbour basins and fairways is prohibited. A channel may be opened outside of the public fairways only with the permission of the Port of Helsinki.
Loitering in passenger terminals is prohibited. The Port of Helsinki is entitled to remove loiterers from passenger terminals.
Loitering is prohibited in restricted harbour areas, as designated by fencing or signs. A person seeking access to restricted harbour area must produce, on request, an identity card approved by the Port of Helsinki, a pass, or some other form of identification. The Port of Helsinki is entitled to remove loiterers from the harbour area.
Port Services Regulation
Under Regulation (EU) 2017/352 of the European Parliament and of the Council, the Port of Helsinki Ltd grants rights to provide services in the port area governed by the Port of Helsinki Ltd to companies that apply to provide the following services;
• refuelling services
• towing services
• mooring and unmooring services.
Notices and disputes
Notices of defects and claims for compensation addressed to the Port of Helsinki must be given without undue delay. If a notice of defect is given later than 30 days from the defect or from the party giving notice becoming aware of the defect, the party giving notice forfeits the right to claim compensation.
An action against the Port of Helsinki must be brought within one year of the defect or of the party bringing the action becoming aware of the defect; failing this, the right to bring an action is forfeit. An action against the Port of Helsinki must be brought before the District Court of Helsinki, with the laws of Finland being the applicable law. The deadline for bringing an action is calculated as of the date when the party bringing the action becomes aware of the defect or the other grounds for an action.
Updated 29 June 2021