The sea around the Stad peninsula in Norway is the most exposed and most dangerous stretch along the country's long coastline, infamous for its extremely bad weather conditions. To bypass the dangerous waters, the Norwegian government has set an ambitious plan to build the world's first full-scale ship tunnel. The Stad Ship Tunnel will be 1.7 kilometers long, 37 meters high and 26.5 meters wide. It will reduce the risk of incidents and accidents, making the voyage shorter and safer for both passenger and cargo ships of up to 16,000 tons. Approximately three million cubic meters of rock will have to be removed during the construction process through the narrowest point of the rocky peninsula. Construction work is set to start in 2019, and the first ships are expected to use Stad in 2023. The eventual capacity will be 100 ships per day, with one-way traffic alternating in direction every hour.
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