She was built in Kherson, U.S.S.R. by the Kherson Shipyard for Jadranska Slobodna Plovidba (JADROSLOBODNA) as Admiral Purisic. Through her career her ownership underwent a number of changes and in October of 1991 she was renamed Alka and re-registered out of Kingstown, St. Vincent. Then in June of 1997 her registry reverted to the original, Split. This time though Split was part of Croatia, one of the countries that resulted from the breakup of the former Yugoslavia.
Early in 2000 though the ship was in need of repairs that exceeded the total value and earning potential of the ship itself. She was therefore retired and sold to ship breakers in India for around $1.120 million (US). She arrived at Alang on January 26th and ran herself up on the scrapping beach. There she was cut into recyclable pieces through the weeks that followed.
Information courtesy Marine News (The World Ship Society), Lloyds Registers and the Fairplay Internet Ship Register
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