Norway plans to construct world’s first full-scale ship tunnel

Norway plans to construct world’s first full-scale ship tunnel

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World's first full-scale ship tunnel could be built in Norway

Norway’s top coastal agency wants to dig a $272 million, mile-long “ship tunnel” on Stad Peninsula to create a safer passage for commercial vessels.  The Stad Peninsula in Norway has one of the most dangerous coastlines in the region. As the meeting place between the Norwegian Sea and North Sea, the turbulent waters have claimed the lives of dozens sailors over the last several decades.  Designed to accommodate ships as massive as Norway’s Hurtigruten cruise vessels, the tunnel would be nearly 150 feet tall, 118 feet wide, and more than a mile long.

The Norwegian Parliament had earmarked around $118 million, for the project in the National Transport Plan for 2014–2023. Construction is set to begin as early as 2018.  The coastal administration estimates that approximately 7.5 million tons of blasted rock would need to be removed, which could take up to four years to complete.  Ships might access the tunnel from the north in Selje, with southern access via the Moldefjord.  This is where the Stad Peninsula is at its narrowest. The current proposal for the tunnel incorporates a bridge near the southern access so pedestrians can glimpse ships as they pass by.


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