Tunnel for ships to be constructed in Norway

The project of the unique engineering structure for the ships’ passing, requiring the construction of the canal tunnel, was approved in Norway. The implementation of this project will increase the maritime shipping security. 

Stad Ship Tunnel

Stad Ship Tunnel  - Project
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The project, named Stad Ship Tunnel, suggests construction of the tunnel at the border of the Northern and the Norwegian seas, in the narrowest part of the Stad peninsula. Because of the difficult weather conditions and frequent storms in the fjord’s area usually the navigation is obstructed here. 

The Norwegian Coastal Administration specialists estimated the implementation cost of the project as $315 million.

Stad Ship Tunnel Project

Stad Ship Tunnel Project
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The first phase of the construction work starts in the end of 2018. The preparation work is in progress. The main tunneling work is announced to be implemented with the drilling-and-blasting method. The project implementation period will last 3 or 4 years.  

The Stad Ship Tunnel was included into the Norwegian National Transport Plan in 2013.

The canal tunnel Stad Ship Tunnel

The canal tunnel Stad Ship Tunnel

According to the preliminary estimates, the tunnel will be 1.5 km long, 45 m high and 36 m wide. Design capacity per day  is about 70 – 120 cargo and passenger  ships with the water draft 12 m at most and carrying capacity no more than 16,000 ton. 

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