The Ocean Viking left the port of Marseille for her 10th rotation at sea on January 11, after the crew underwent a 10-day quarantine and got tested for COVID-19 several times prior to the departure.
After a week of transit south and intensive drilling, the ship started her search activity on January 17.
On January 21, the Ocean Viking rescued 119 people from a rubber boat in distress, 37NM off the Libyan coast. On January 22, the vessel rescued further 149 people from two rubber boats in distress, 37 NM off the coast and later on the same day, a fourth rubber boat in distress was spotted and 106 people rescued at nightfall 28 NM off the Libyan coast.
On January 23, the Italian Coastguard performed the medical evacuation of an 8-month pregnant lady from the ship, which remains in international waters, waiting for a Place of Safety to be promptly assigned for the remaining 373 survivors.
On January 24, the Ocean Viking was assigned Augusta, Sicily, as Place of Safety for the survivors onboard.