Norway to build world’s first ship tunnel at a cost US$319m
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Norway to build world's first ship tunnel at a cost US$319m

AFTER deliberating for a century, Norway has given the green light to build the world's first ship tunnel stretching from the Norwegian Sea to the North Sea along Norway's west coast.

17 March 2017 - 20:00 - Update: 17 March 2017 - 22:00

The 1.7-km tunnel will cost an estimated US$319 million and will take a decade to construct. It will allow for year-round safe passage of freight and tourist ships between Bergen and Alesund. Currently, ships must sail around the Stad peninsula, a route known for its treacherous seas, as American Shipper reported quoting a Splash 24/7 story.

The tunnel, which will be built under a 645-metre mountain, will be 45 metres high and 36 metres wide in order to accommodate ships with a draft of 12 metres.

 

 

 

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