The 1.7-kilometre Stad Ship Tunnel, which will have a pair of stone entrances designed by Snøhetta, has been given the green light and construction is now set to begin in 2022.
The Norwegian Coastal Administration (NCA) received an assignment letter from the Ministry of Transport and Communications to begin preparing for the construction of the project.
Designed to make shipping safer along the west coast of Norway, the Stad Ship Tunnel will connect the Kjødepollen bay and Vanylvsfjorden so that cargo and passenger ships of up to 16,000 tonnes can avoid dangerous shipping routes around the Stad peninsula.
It is believed to be the first tunnel for large ships built anywhere in the world.
“This is a large, comprehensive, and not at least interesting project,” said NCA director general Einar Vik Arset. “We are more than ready to build the world’s first full-scale ship tunnel.”
NCA局長Einar Vik Arset表示：“這是一個龐大，全面而又並非至少有趣的項目。” “我們已準備好建造世界上第一條全尺寸的船舶隧道。”
Originally announced in 2017, the project has since received the official backing of the Norwegian Coastal Administration (NCA) and funding from the state. The Ministry of Transport and Communications is now preparing a proposition for the parliament to be presented in spring.
Once the project has parliamentary approval, plans are in place to sign a contractor before the end of this year for construction to begin in early 2022.
“If everything goes according to plan, the world’s first full-scale ship tunnel will be completed in 2025/2026,” Terje Andreassen, the temporary project manager for the Stad Ship Tunnel at the NCA said in a statement.
NCA Stad船舶隧道臨時項目經理Terje Andreassen在一份聲明中說：“如果一切按計劃進行，那麼世界上第一條全尺寸的船舶隧道將在2025/2026年建成。”
Marking the boundary of the Norwegian Sea and the North Sea, the Stad peninsular is one of the most dangerous local areas for shipping and is considered one of the main barriers to running a fast passenger service along the coast.
“The Stad ocean is one of the most weather-exposed areas along the Norwegian coast. With a ship tunnel, we want to improve safety at sea,” said minister of transport Knut Arild Hareide last year.
“The project will also facilitate the establishment of a high-speed vessel route and the transfer of goods from land to sea transport.”
運輸部長克努特·阿里德·哈雷德（Knut Arild Hareide）去年表示：“斯塔德海（Sadd ocean）是挪威沿海最受天氣影響的地區之一。我們希望通過船隻隧道來改善海上安全。”
Each end of the Stad Ship Tunnel will be framed by an entrance designed by architecture studio Snøhetta.
The studio looked to the peninsula’s characteristic stone walls to create a design that would provide a visual impact and also blend with its natural environment.
Wire-cut and blasted stone will be used to create the entrance walls for the tunnel, giving the design a rough finish that contrasts with the regularity of its horizontal lines.
On its western side, an existing road will be rerouted over the tunnel on a new bridge that will offer a viewpoint to observe ships and boats approaching the tunnel.
The interior of the tunnel will be lit by LED hoses that also function as a wayfinding system.
Stad Ship Tunnel的每一端都將由建築工作室Snøhetta設計的入口框起來。
Snøhetta recently unveiled its redesign for the Kon-Tiki Museum in Oslo and completed a carbon-negative Powerhouse Telemark office in Norway that aims to produce more energy than it consumes.