NORWAY TO BUILD WORLD’S FIRST SHIP TUNNEL
Norway will build the world’s first ever sea tunnel for ships, and it will be called Stad Ship Tunnel.
It is designed to help vessels navigate the treacherous Stadhavet Sea.
The 118-feet-wide tunnel will burrow through the mountainous Stadhavet Peninsula in Northwestern Norway.
In a supplementary allocation letter for 2021, the Norwegian Coastal Administration or NCA has received a clear signal to initiate the start-up of the Stad Ship Tunnel.
Terje Andreassen, NCA temporary Project Manager for the tunnel, based on the allocation letter, they will now start the processes of acquisitioning properties in the area where the ship tunnel will be located, as well as put in place a project organization, prepare a tender basis and initiate a tender.
75 million NOK in start-up funds has been set-aside in the state budget for 2021. the project is estimated to cost 2.8 billion NOK (excluding vat), with a construction period of three to four years.
Andreassen assured, they have carried out extensive studies and planning. And if everything goes according to plan, the world's first full-scale ship tunnel will be completed in 2025/2026.