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Norway set to build the world’s first ship tunnel

Apr 07, 2017, 7:23 AM EDT
(Source: Software Pride/flickr)
(Source: Software Pride/flickr)

The Norwegian authorities prepare to execute a radical plan of a 1700m long ship tunnel that would pierce through the Stad peninsula in the country’s west, where stormy winds, currents and waves pose serious safety threats to passing cruises and freight ships.

The Stad Ship Tunnel, proposed to be 37m high and 26.5m wide, would shield vessels weighing up to 16,000 tons against complex and perilous sailing conditions, which dominate the Scandinavian nation’s western coastline for 45 to 106 days a year, writes CNN.

The tunnel would cost about $315 million and may get operational by 2023, notes The Guardian. In addition to safeguarding against tumultuous waves, the tunnel would also reduce travel time between Norwegian cities and towns in the area. 

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