Crossing Equator: Sworn into the King of the Seas

On Monday the 24th of February Maersk Drilling signed for Maersk Viking, the first drill ship in our fleet and took delivery of her.

Immediately after taking delivery the Viking weighed anchor and set off for a 16000 nautical miles long journey towards the US Gulf of Mexico. The transit will go from Korea via Singapore and South of Africa to Walvis Bay in Namibia for a short stopover for bunkering etc. From Walvis Bay to the US Gulf of Mexico via Caribbean a journey of approximately 67 days.


During the transit the crew will be busy with preparations for Client acceptance test, On The Job Training, other training courses and preparing the Viking for start with ExxonMobil.

At sea it has always been good custody to celebrate the crossing of Equator, also often referred to as a shellback. The crossing and the baptism of the seafarers has before also been connected with a bit of superstition. Seafarers must bring their originally Equator crossing certificate when being on a ship there’s crossing The Equator, if not, they will have to go through the ceremony once again.


The center of the whole ceremony is King Neptune and his Queen, who normally puts the seafarers through a bit of challenge at the ceremony itself, where the seafarers are sworn in to the King of the Seas. In our case we used seawater mixed with fruits and other good stuff from the galley to challenge the crew.

Today the Equator crossing is more like a social happening cementing a good social life on board a ship or a unit. On board the Viking the crew had really been looking forward to the ceremony and had prepared all over the last couple of days.


We crossed over the Equator on 12 March at noon time in the Indian Ocean on our voyage towards Walvis Bay in Namibia where we will have a short stopover for fuel, crew change etc.

Stay tuned!

Christian S. Johnsen

OIM Maersk Viking

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