A shipping tunnel for safer passage through the dangerous Stadhavet Sea in northwestern Norway, an idea that was first suggested in 1874, received the ‘green light’ for construction. The Stad Peninsula it is designed to bypass features one of the most dangerous coastlines in the region and violent storms hit the area for around 100 days every year. Even the Vikings, renowned sailors, preferred to transport their boats by land in order to avoid these waters.
The tunnel will be constructed at the narrowest point of Stad Peninsula, connecting Moldefjorden to Kjødepollen. 7.5 million tns of rock will need to be moved to give way for a 1.7 km long, 37 m high and 26.5 m wide passageway . Although other passages and canals for boats have been built elsewhere in the world, this will be the first tunnel allowing passenger and freight vessels weighing up to 16,000 tns to pass. It is estimated that up to five ships will be able to go through the tunnel every hour, and a standard system with red and white traffic lights will be installed to ensure safe passage.
"The Stad tunnel for boats will finally be built. 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" said Norwegian Transport Minister Ketil Solvik-Olsen, presenting a comprehensive transport plan for the period 2018-2029. The government has already approved a budget of 2.7 billion kroner (295 million €, $315 million).
The works will begin in the first half of 2018 and will last for about 3-4 years, while the whole project has a 10 year timescale.