First ship sea tunnel set to be built in Norway
Norwegian government officials in Oslo yesterday announced plans for the first ever sea tunnel to be built. The plans were announced by the Scandinavian nation’s Transport Minister, Ketil Solvick-Olsen.
"The Stad tunnel for boats will finally be built,”, he said in a statement."The government is now ensuring a safer and more reliable passage of the most dangerous and harsh waters for the transport of goods along the Norwegian coasts,"
While such tunnels currently exist in other countries worldwide for small boats and yachts, the impending Stad Tunnel will be the first ever to be able to accommodate ships with a DWT of up to 16,000 tonnes for both freight and passenger transport.
The primary aim of the tunnel, which will be a mile long and 36 metres wide, is for maritime traffic to be able to avoid the very volatile conditions of the Stad Peninsula in Western Norway, which has long even known for it’s fierce winds resulting in delays while ships were forced to wait for storms to subside. Referring to this, Mr. Solvick-Olsen continued, "The government is now ensuring a safer and more reliable passage of the most dangerous and harsh waters for the transport of goods along the Norwegian coasts,”
The tunnel, which is estimated to cost in the region of 2.7bn Kroner (approximately €295m), is expected to take between 3 and 4 years to build. Construction is expected to begin in 2019.