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The West Terminal 2 will be amazing

As of early spring next year, the services of Helsinki's West Terminal will improve considerably with the completion of West Terminal 2. This new terminal will be only the second terminal in Helsinki built specifically as a passenger terminal. The first one was the Olympia Terminal, used by Silja Line. As the name suggests, that terminal was built for the 1952 Helsinki Summer Olympics. Any passenger terminals opened since then have previously been used for other purposes, mostly as some sort of warehouses servicing maritime transport.

As I enter the West Terminal 2, which is still in progress, I’m greeted with plenty of space, area, and height. It will seem a bit smaller once all the fittings, the check-in counters etc. have been installed. There will be fewer reception desks, because the Port of Helsinki will provide all shipping companies with a uniform passenger registration system. This practice is already in use at airports, considerably reducing the need for space and specialised facilities.

From the arrival hall, people can use either the escalators or the stairs to move to the waiting area. The waiting area has a high glass wall with an amazing view of the sea. The waiting area is absolutely huge. According to the Port of Helsinki, it has been dimensioned so that up to two ships can depart from the terminal at the same time.

The Megastar will be a constant user of the new terminal, as its two-level car deck can only be loaded and unloaded on the Eastern Quay of the terminal. The processing capacity of the 12 check-in points for cars will keep motorists’ waiting times moderate.

Ease and comfort a priority

The walls of the waiting area are almost fully made of glass, so it’s easy to keep an eye on what’s going on at the quay. Getting on board takes 500 m less than before. Now, the distance between the waiting area and the ship is only 100-200 metres.

The waiting area will have restaurants and kiosks. The actual shopping can be done on board: the Megastar’s 2500 square metre shopping area will meet the expectations of all shopping enthusiasts.

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