World’s First Ship Tunnel

World’s First Ship Tunnel

World’s First Ship Tunnel : The Viking Age of Norway united the country that had been divided since the first settlers migrated north after the massive ice shelves shifted back north ending the ice age. 

Norway is a country that has been routed in the sea like almost no other nation. 

Its history is intertwined with maritime adventures and advancements and that tradition remains today.

After more than a decade of planning, Norway finally announced construction of the first sea tunnel in maritime history. 

© The Norwegian Coastal Administration Oversiktsbilde over tunnellinngangen i Moldefjorden. (ENG) Overview picture of the tunnel entrance in the Moldefjord.

“It’s a project that has been planned for decades. So it’s very pleasant to finally be able to start the construction work in one year,” said the sea tunnel project manager Terje Andreassen speaking on behalf of the Norwegian Coastal Administration to CNN Travel.

© The Norwegian Coastal Administration A rendering of the tunnel, which is designed to help vessels navigate the Stadhavet Sea.

The first-of-its-kind Stad Ship Tunnel will be able to allow vessels to avoid the part of the Stadlandet peninsula that has been known for rough seas and frequent wrecks and mishaps. 

“The coastline outside that peninsula is the most stormy area in Norway, with the hurricanes,” Andreassen said. “You get a lot of strange currents here.”

© Kystverket/Snøhetta/Plomp A rendering of what the interior of the ship tunnel will look like.

“The tunnel will make the ship’s journeys safer and smoother, which could lead to a high-speed ferry service,” Andreassen said, and “strengthen the region’s industrial and commercial activities…It will be connected better, and it will be easier to travel.”

There will be a traffic light system to control ship traffic. It will be managed in a very similar manner to the Panama Canal.

The Norwegian Coastal Administration told reporters that the finished sea tunnel will feel like a “a large and long mountain hall.”

(FILES) This file photo taken on April 12, 2013 shows a handout computer generated picture released by Nordfjord Vekst showing the so-called Stad Ship Tunnel, the “world’s first shipping tunnel” being planned on the Stad peninsula, western coast of Norway, to make shipping safer in a rough coastal area in southwest Norway.<br />Norway on Wednesday, April 5, 2017, gave its green light to the construction of the first maritime tunnel in the world. / AFP PHOTO / / Handout

World’s First Ship Tunnel

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