It appears her first Japanese Owner named her Daifuku Maru No. 8 and kept her for 16 years before selling her soon after a third Special Survey had became due at about 15 years. Special Surveys, or Continuous Surveys, of merchant ships are held by the Classification Societies on a 5-yearly cycle. They require that all compartments and essential machinery are surveyed once in that period and repaired or replaced as found necessary.
Little is usually found wrong during the first 5-year cycle but the second Special Survey at 10 years usually results in ships being sold on by the reputable companies such as A.P. Møller – Mærsk – this being the sweet spot as maintenance bills start mounting afterwards. However, many Greek owners have made a very successful job of operating ships sold at this time. The end of the third cycle at 15 years is usually expensive, because of the amount of corroded steel-work needing replacement and many vessels are then scrapped. At this time, ships also often leave the major Classification Societies, such as Lloyd’s Register or Det Norkse Veritas-Germanischer Lloyd, and transfer to less well-known local inspection authorities. Very few ships survive the fourth Special Survey at 20 years and are generally only fit for a one-way trip to the scrapyard!