San Francisco Dry Dock was established in 1978 in San Francisco Bay, California. The San Francisco Dry Dock is the only full-service ship repair company in San Francisco and is the largest dry dock facility in the city. Currently, the company still employs hundreds of workers to repair military and private vessels. Unfortunately, San Francisco Dry Dock employees faced increased levels of shipyard asbestos exposure. Many employees have become seriously ill with severe and fatal disease such as:

  • Mesothelioma (a rare cancer that affects the lining surrounding the lungs)
  • Asbestosis (lung tissue scarring)
  • Lung cancer
  • Esophageal, stomach, colon, or rectum cancer

San Francisco Dry Dock History 

San Francisco Dry Dock was originally established as Union Iron Works in the mid-1880s. In 1885, Union Iron Works built and commissioned the first steel ship on the West Coast. During World War II, the shipyard’s focus shifted from ship construction to ship repair. San Francisco Dry Dock employed hundreds of workers to repair and maintain ships for the U.S. Navy.

San Francisco Dry Dock Today

Today, San Francisco Dry Dock occupies 26 acres and operates two dry-docks, including the largest floating dry-dock on the West Coast. The company employs 300 to 900 employees and its annual payroll is between 10 and 16 million dollars. San Francisco Dry Dock employees repair about 50 to 70 ships per year at the shipyard’s dry docks, and an additional 50 to 100 ships at the shipyard’s pier.

Asbestos at San Francisco Dry Dock

Unfortunately, San Francisco Dry Dock employees faced increased levels of shipyard asbestos exposure. Many San Francisco Dry Dock employees have become seriously ill with severe and fatal disease such as:

  • Mesothelioma (a rare cancer that affects the lining surrounding the lungs)
  • Asbestosis (lung tissue scarring)
  • Lung cancer
  • Esophageal, stomach, colon, or rectum cancer

In 1934, a disastrous fire aboard the S.S. Morro Castle killed the 137 passengers and crew members. Following this tragic event, ships were constructed using fire and water resistant asbestos material. Asbestos containing ship components included:

  • Boilers
  • Pipes
  • Pumps
  • Gaskets
  • Incinerators

Asbestos is dangerous when its fibers are released and inhaled. When inhaled, asbestos fibers remain wedged in the lungs and can cause serious and even fatal cancers. San Francisco Dry Dock workers repaired numerous vessels constructed with asbestos containing materials. Because the facility was poorly ventilated and most workers did not wear protective clothing or respiratory equipment, many workers have become terminally ill with asbestos-related diseases, which can take years to manifest.

Asbestos Injuries at San Francisco Dry Dock – California

If you or a loved has been injured by asbestos exposure while working at the San Francisco Dry Dock, please contact us today as you may be entitled to compensation.

Published November 17, 2011 by