Nor­way Will Build the World’s First Ship Tun­nel

In 2019, the con­struc­tion of a huge ship tun­nel through a moun­tain by the Nor­we­gian coast will be­gin, mak­ing it eas­ier to nav­i­gate stormy, haz­ardous wa­ters.

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From 2023, fer­ries and con­tainer ves­sels will be able to pass 1,700 m through a Nor­we­gian moun­tain. Fol­low­ing years of prepa­ra­tions, the gov­ern­ment has in­tro­duced its plans for the con­struc­tion of the world’s first ship tun­nel through the Stad Penin­sula 175 km north of Ber­gen.

The large­scale pro­ject will make the voy­age along the coast of Nor­way safer. Once the tun­nel has been com­pleted, ships need no longer pass through the most haz­ardous of Nor­we­gian wa­ters. For more than two months of the year, strong winds, fierce ocean cur­rents, and waves make con­di­tions ex­tremely un­pre­dictable. Dur­ing the past 70 years, 34 peo­ple have drowned in the wa­ters.

The new, safe short cut through the moun­tain can be used by both com­mer­cial ships and small pri­vate boats.

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