The USS Arkab (AK-130) was a Crater-class cargo ship built during World War II. The ship was laid down as SS Warren Stone, under a Maritime Commission contract at New Orleans, Louisiana, by the Delta Shipbuilding Co. She was placed in commission on 20 February 1957, with LCDR. Glen G. Heller USN in command. On 2 January 1946, the USS Arkab (AK-130) was turned over to the War Shipping Administration for disposal, placed in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, and laid up in the James River berthing area. She was sold on 21 September 1971 to N. V. Intershitra, of Rotterdam, Netherlands, for scrapping.
For many decades, the shipbuilding industry utilized asbestos to prevent fires and excessive heat on board navy ships. The asbestos exposure took place due to the fact that the rooms where navy personnel was working were extremely poorly ventilated, so the dust and fibers emanating from the asbestos-containing equipment could easily be inhaled. Once inhaled, asbestos fibers lodge themselves within the lungs, heart or the abdomen irritating them constantly favoring the developing of cancer.
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