At the end of October the Viking was scheduled to go to sea for the first time on sea trials, where all marine systems, propulsion system, electrical systems, etc. are to be tested. As a lot of people from both Maersk Drilling, vendors and Samsung were to be on for the sea trials not all crew could go on for that. Only essential crew for the sea trails joined and the Viking went on sea trails with a crew of 273 persons in the Korea Strait between Japan and Korea. The remaining crew not joining the sea trails stayed at the yard and could continue the familiarization process with computer based training in our training containers on the quay side.
The sea trails went very smooth and the Viking proved very agile and highly maneuverable. One of the tests that really impressed us all was the blackout recovery test. During this test the Viking regained power on her engines and generators after only 8 seconds and thrusters could go back on line to the DP system after 35 seconds. A truly magnificent and impressive vessel.
After the sea trails it was time to round off the first familiarization period in Korea. The program had proven very effective and beneficial to the crew. This was also the aim as the familiarization periods have been cut down as opposed to earlier new building programs where the yard periods traditionally have been longer.
The first crew travelled back home in the first week of November where after the second team arrived one week later to repeat the same process. This hitch also went very well in Korea and the cooperation between all stakeholders like crew, ORT, Site Team and Rig Team was excellent throughout the process.