SS Bessemer Victory (T-AG-186) Areas With Asbestos Exposure

Laid down on the 28th of May 1945 and finished in late July of the same year, the Bessemer Victory won’t see a lot of the Second World War but she will serve in Korea as part of Echelon Movement Group X. She was one of the 12 ships intended to be transferred to the Military Sea Transportation Service for cargo duty during the Vietnam conflict, but the move was canceled in early 1966. However, she will end up transporting cargo to the region under a commercial charter. She will be berthed soon after the war and finally scrapped in 1991 at Alang in India.

One of the reason so many Victory ships are being scrapped in developing nations could be found in the very lax environmental regulations specific to such areas of the world. Asbestos was heavily used in the construction of these vessels and this toxic mineral releases large quantities of dust when cut, which is then inhaled by the workers to potentially lethal effect.

High risk of asbestos exposure

  • Engine Rooms
  • Damage Control Room
  • Pump Room
  • Propulsion Room

Medium risk of asbestos exposure

  • Powder and Shot Magazine
  • Ward Room

Low risk of asbestos exposure

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