The Port of Helsinki prepares for a safe summer travel season – an innovative hand washing unit to be tested at West Terminal 2

Woshio. Clean hands, safer spaces – everywhere and anywhere.

The return of passenger transport requires changes to travel policies and a feeling that travelling can be done safely when making a purchase decision. The top priority of all sea travel operators is to ensure the passengers’ health and safety.

West Terminal 2 leads the way in implementing a service innovation

The Port of Helsinki wanted to find a mobile solution for providing passengers a place to wash their hands,
as good hand hygiene is one of the most effective ways of reducing the transmission of viruses that spread through direct contact. The Finnish Woshio hand washing innovation responded to this need. The mobile Woshio hand washing unit requires no plumbing or water mains connection, only electricity. The machine utilises patented water recycling technology and UV sterilising; in fact, Woshio is like a small-scale water treatment plant that also helps conserve water.

The health and safety features of a terminal matter 

‘The work that we do to develop our services further is always based on our customers needs. This entails not just acting responsibly, but understanding our customers. There has been a certain shift in customer needs due to the coronavirus pandemic, and we are increasingly aware of the importance of health and safety during various phases of our customer experience. We want to be a responsible operator and ensure a safe customer experience, which Woshio’s service innovation will help us achieve.’
Marika Pauli, Head of Passenger Services and Property Development, Port of Helsinki 

Green values through water conservation – hands can be washed up to 40,000 times with a single 600 litre tank of water

In addition to passenger safety and even more rigorous cleaning of the terminals, we are focusing on services. We want to provide terminal services that are also sustainable from the environmental point of view. Woshio’s smart water recycling and cleaning technology saves a considerable amount of water while providing passengers a healthy and safe service.’
Leonard Sannemann, Passenger Service Coordinator, Port of Helsink

Woshio has been designed to be easily moveable, and it can be modified according to the specific needs of a facility. Woshio can be easily moved from place to place, so that hands can be washed at exactly the right location. We appreciate the opportunity to help increase safety and hygiene now that the travel sector is starting to resume its operation.’
Hanno Airas, founder of Woshio Finland

From the beginning of July onwards, passengers at West Terminal T2 will be able to wash their hands with soap and water by a Woshio hand washing unit, located in the second floor departure hall.

Enquiries regarding Woshio hand washing solutions:
Hanno Airas
Novosan Oy
Tel. +358(0)50 5717672

Helsinki is one of Europe’s busiest international passenger ports. The Port of Helsinki Ltd provides smooth sea connections to Tallinn and Stockholm, to name a few. In 2019, a total of 12.2 million passengers travelled through the Port of Helsinki, while during the pandemic year of 2020 the number of passengers was 4.8 million.
Furthermore, the Port of Helsinki is also Finland’s leading general port for foreign trade. In 2020, a total of 11.1 million tonnes of goods were transported via the Port of Helsinki. The main export commodities include forest industry products, machinery and equipment, while daily consumer goods form the most prominent product group in imports.
The strengths of the Port of Helsinki include its frequent liner traffic, efficient infrastructure, good road and rail connections, and excellent services provided in cooperation with the port’s business partners. In 2020, the company’s turnover was €67 million.
The Port of Helsinki serves the business world and well-being of the Helsinki region and the rest of the country, and it has a considerable positive impact on the economy and employment.

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