The SS Johan Printz was a Liberty Ship in the service of the United States during World War II. It was laid down in August 1944 under contract and allocated to Parry Navigation Company after launch. The vessel was laid up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet after its war service until sold for scrapping in July 1970. Asbestos is a fibrous mineral once used in many products due to its excellent heat retaining properties. If asbestos is disturbed during maintenance or repair work, the fibers become airborne resulting in inhalation or ingestion. There is no safe level of exposure to asbestos; even minimal levels can cause the following asbestos-related diseases: asbestosis, mesothelioma, lung cancer, throat cancer, esophageal cancer, bronchial cancer, gastrointestinal cancer, and colorectal cancer.