SS Andrew Furuseth Areas With Asbestos Exposure

The SS Andrew Furuseth was a Liberty Ship built under a MARCOM contract during World War II, at the Sailors’ Union of the Pacific request for a Liberty Ship named after their union’s president, Andrew Furuseth. The ship’s builder was Permanente Metals Corporation and it was launched on 7 September 1942, on Labor Day, after a 78-day construction period. Under the War Shipping Administration’s control and operated by the Matson Navigation Company, the ship carried cargo delivery missions and troops transportation throughout the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean. After the war, the vessel was sold to a private company from Norway and subsequently sold again to Japanese owners. It was scrapped in June 1967 at Nirao, Japan. When materials that contain asbestos are disturbed or damaged, tiny fibers which are too small to be seen with the naked eye, are released into the air. When these fibers are inhaled they can cause chronic lung diseases such as asbestosis, lung cancer, and mesothelioma. These diseases will not affect you immediately; they often take a long time to develop, but once diagnosed, it is often too late to treat them.

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