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MOVING MOUNTAINS What is Norway’s Stad peninsula ship tunnel, when will it open and how long will it take to build?(vd)


Passageway to be burrowed through a piece of rocky peninsula that will allow vessels to avoid a treacherous part of sea
By Patrick Knox

NORWAY plans to build the world’s first ever tunnel for ships on its remote western coast.

Ministers have given the green light for the Stad tunnel that will be blasted through a mile of rock at a cost of about £260 million.

In this computer rendered image provided by the Norwegian Coastal Administration a ferry approaches the entrance of a tunnel for ships
What is Norway’s Stad peninsula ship tunnel?

As the meeting place between the Norwegian Sea and North Sea, the turbulent waters of the Stad Peninsula have claimed the lives of dozens sailors over the last several decades.

Norway’s top coastal agency now plans to dig a mile-long “ship tunnel” to create a safer passage for commercial vessels.

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.

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.

The huge tunnel will be carved through a mountain
When will it open and how long will it take to build?

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.

So all going well, it should be open in 2022.









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