She was built in Kure, Japan at the Ishakawajima Heavy Industries Co. Ltd. Drydock for the NYK Ship Management Company Ltd. as NYK Altair. She sailed as such until March of 2001 when she was chartered out and renamed Sandra Azul. When this picture was added to the archives in September of 2002 she was still listed as operational as Sandra Azul under the Panamanian flag.
Information courtesy Marine News (The World Ship Society), Lloyds Registers and the Fairplay Internet Ship Register
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