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Port of Helsinki temporarily lays off all personnel due to COVID-19 volume losses

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PortandTerminal.com, May 21, 2020

HELSINKI, FINLAND – The Port of Helsinki has plans to temporarily lay off its entire personnel, having been forced to start extensive cost reductions due to the COVID-19 pandemic and related travel restrictions.

Between the start of August and the end of 2020, the personnel of the Port of Helsinki will be dismissed for 30 days and for a maximum of 30 days in early 2021.

Additionally, as part of the decision made between the Port of Helsinki Ltd and its employees, port management will also participate in cost-saving measures by waiving their holiday bonuses for 2020.

The Port of Helsinki aims to arrange the temporary dismissals so that it does not impact customers or port operations.

On May 13, 2020, the port reported that its cargo traffic operations were continuing strong despite COVID-19 having had a strong impact on its passenger traffic.

During the first quarter of the year, the cargo traffic was also affected by the strikes of the paper and forestry industries.

Total cargo traffic of the Port of Helsinki Group amounted to 3.3m tonnes from January to March 2020, down 6.5% from the previous year.

Container cargo, in particular, fell by 10% in the first quarter, dropping to 118,000 teu as Asian traffic slowed down and capacity lowered.

The Port had previously called upon the government to initiate a stimulus package that will lead to recovery once cross-border restrictions are lifted.

In 2019, a total of 12.2 million passengers travelled through the Port of Helsinki.

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