Norway to build world’s first ship tunnel
April 10, 2017 – The Norwegian government has unveiled plans to build the world’s first tunnel for ships.
The new Stad Ship Tunnel will measure 1,700m in length, 49m in height and 36m in width. The tunnel, expected to be located at the narrowest point of the Stadlandet peninsula, will have the capacity to accommodate cruise and freight ships weighing up to 16,000 tonnes.
The project is estimated to cost around NOK2.7bn (€293M), and is expected to take three to four years to be completed.
Around 8M tonnes of rock will be blasted out for the construction of the tunnel, which is slated to begin as early as 2019, according to Terje Andreassen, project manager for the Stad ship Tunnel at the Norwegian Coastal Administration (NCA).
Norwegian minister of transport, Ketil Solvik-Olsen, said that sea currents and underwater topography in this part of the country’s southwestern coast “result in particularly complex wave conditions.”
Solvik-Olsen added: “We are pleased that the ship tunnel now becomes reality.”
About €163M have been earmarked for the project in the first half of the planning period for the National Transport Plan 2018-2029.