The sea trial of the NG Endurance (see also CruiseMapper) has been successfully carried out over the weekend. The polar vessel is soon to return to the shipyard, Ulstein Verft, for the final construction phase before setting off to explore the Arctic.
The sea trial tests have been comprehensive and included exercises of the propulsion and navigation systems and emergency manoeuvres such as a live test of the Safe Return To Port system.
During the sea trial, people from several disciplines in Ulstein such as design, engineering and project management, have worked closely together with the site team and captains of Lindblad Expeditions. In the concluding part of the sea trial, the ship owner crew will have ample time to operate the vessel alone.
The ‘National Geographic Endurance’ is Lindblad Expeditions first polar newbuild, and has been designed by Ulstein Design & Solutions AS.