Evidently not even the Vikings dared to sail these waters resulting from their risks, however now know-how and innovation have discovered the answer for freight and cruise ships to navigate them safely.
Norway’s Authorities has authorized a colossal engineering mission to construct the primary marine tunnel underneath the mountains of Stad, a little bit peninsula bathed by the Norwegian Sea, characterised by excessive wind pace and its harsh climate situations. There are another underground excavations to allow ship navigation, such because the Canal du Midi in France, however the one in Norway would be the first to permit passage to massive vessels of as much as 16 000 tons.
The figures are staggering, not solely concerning its whole price, estimated across the EUR 300 million mark, but in addition as a result of the process will end result within the displacement of round eight million tons of rock. All this can lead solution to a exceptional 1.7 km lengthy, 50 m tall, 36 m huge tunnel.
Usually in these instances, open prime canals are constructed, however this time the 335 m excessive mountain has made the technical groups to decide on a tunnel design. When development procedures start, operators will begin to drill at reverse sides of the mountain, using safety thresholds to forestall water from coming into the tunnel, till they meet within the center.
Each ends of the tunnel shall be flanked by concrete blocks and rubber rudders with a view to face up to vessel impacts, and strict security requirements concerning boat clearance distance commentary shall be set in order that collision dangers between ships are averted.
The tunnel excavated by way of the guts of this rocky peninsula within the northwestern a part of the nation will enable cruise, freight and small ships to take a secure subterranean shortcut, thus avoiding the cruel winds and waters of the Stadhavet Sea, one of the vital treacherous places all around the Norwegian Fjords.
It gained´t be till 2023 that this formidable underground passageway is prepared to be used, however the Norwegian Coastal Administration (NCA) claims that from that second on roughly 100 cargo and passenger ships will be capable to navigate by way of this new marine pathway day-after-day.
Norse sailors and fishermen have reportedly longed for such a shortcut since way back to the late nineteenth to deal with the issue of security, resulting from harsh sea situations that even the primary settlers of the place had been already conscious of. Because of know-how and innovation this request shall be lastly coming true.