THE FINNISH government plans to relocate the Port of Helsinki out of the city to reduce congestion and pollution in the capital.
A new bulk goods, container and ro-ro port will be built 18km north west of the city at Vuosaari to replace the existing port. The move is intended to all but remove heavy goods vehicles from central Helsinki.
The new $470M port is entering detailed design phase. It is expected to handle 12Mt of freight per annum when fully developed.
About 55% of the project cost will go into construction of the port facilities. This will include dredging work in Vuosaari's 2km approach channel and land reclamation to provide the new port with an adequate goods handling area.
A new 19km rail connection will account for 25% of project cost.
This includes construction of four bridges up to 200m long, and two rail tunnels, of 600m and 13.5km. It is likely these will be excavated in rock using drill and blast techniques.
The scheme also involves construction of new road and motorway links, 1.6km of which will be in tunnel.
Alongside the port development the government plans to build 10,000 new homes, offices and commercial space, connected to Helsinki via a metro line.
Completion of the first phase of the port is planned for 2005, with development of housing, offices and road and rail links following.
The port is scheduled to be fully developed by 2008.
Tenders for further detailed design work, construction and project management will be invited later this year.
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