Specifically, the port handled 14.42 million tonnes of cargo, in other words a 2% decline, year-on-year.

Moreover, the turnover of trucks and semitrailers also decreased by 0.4% to 600,000 units, while the transshipment of dry bulk cargo fell by 13.3% to 1.7 million tonnes, container throughput grew by 3.9% to 533,810 TEUs.

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On the contrary to the declines, the port's passenger traffic rose by 0.4% to 11.61 million including 604,750 cruise passengers, with a 16.7% increase.

Similarly, an increase was also seen at the number of vessels that called the port, which rose by 0.9%, to 8,208.

The Port of Helsinki is one of the largest ports in Finland, the largest passenger port and the third largest in the Baltic Sea. The Port of Helsinki accounts for 77% of Finland's passenger traffic. In 2018, the port handled 14.7 mln t of cargo (+3.3%, year-on-year).

Also, at the beginning of 2019 the port introduced a pricing model in order to steer truck traffic to the harbours outside the city centre during rush hours. With the model in use, the truck traffic in Vuosaari has increased by 33% and the traffic in the central harbour areas has decreased by 4%.