As you all know I’m interested in anything relating to Norway as it’s one of my favourite countries, so as you can imagine I was very intrigued to read that they have announced that they are planning to build a tunnel through the fjords to cater for cruise ships and other sailing vessels
As the weather in winter can be exceptional, with roads difficult to navigate and seas difficult to sail through, the Stad Peninsula is one of the most dangerous and exposed coastlines in the country, situated on the Selje muncipality in the Northwestern part of Sogn og Fjordane county in Norway. It is classed as the meeting place between the Norwegian and North Sea, and this is where they would build the tunnel
The Norwegian Coastal Agency department have proposed to build a tunnel through a fjord, to enable ships a safer crossing and cut time, why sail around wild waters when you can cut through. The proposed build could begin towards the end of 2018-early 2019 lasting over 4 years, and cost an approximate £94 million. This is some feat as it would require knocking through 7.5million tonnes of rock. Once complete the tunnel would be almost 150ft tall and 118ft wide and a mile long, enabling even the largest Hurtigruten cruise ships to fit through amongst others.
Many tests have been carried out to see which part of the peninsular would be the most suitable for such a build and studies have showed that this final route has been selected because the Stad Peninsula is at its narrowest point here, and the waters are sufficiently sheltered to allow ships to use the tunnel in any weather conditions
Here is a video released by the Agency
The aim of the project is to improve accessibility and safety for shipping and once completed will become the worlds first tunnel built for shipping
Having been to Norway numerous times by both land and sea, I have seen how unpredictable the weather can be and if there are ways of improving shipping, not just for passengers but for locals and transporting freight as well I think this is a great idea, and would certainly put Norway on the map for leaders of innovation
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