The Offshore Shipbuilding Co. was established in Palatka, Florida as a relatively small shipyard with less than 100 employees. The Offshore Shipbuilding Co. shipyard was located on an inlet of the St. John’s River with access to major waterways that ensured demand for its services. The Offshore Shipbuilding Co. built and repaired a number of different vessels, including:

  • tugs
  • fishing boats
  • passenger vessels
  • offshore Service Vessel
  • ferries  
  • barges
  • pollution control ships

Recently, the Offshore Shipbuilding Co. site was replaced by St. John’s Shipbuilding Co.

Asbestos & the Offshore Shipbuilding Co.

Offshore Shipbuilding Co. shipyard workers held one of the most dangerous occupations for asbestos exposure. Offshore Shipbuilding Co. was built a number of years before the dangers of asbestos exposure were realized and asbestos was used extensively in Offshore Shipbuilding Co shipyard operations. Offshore Shipbuilding Co shipyard workers were exposed to high levels of asbestos for long periods of time. As a result, many Offshore Shipbuilding Co shipyard employees have developed serious and potentially fatal asbestos-related diseases.

Prior to the 1980s, asbestos was considered an ideal material for ship repair at the Offshore Shipbuilding Co. because of its fireproofing ability and resistance to heat and corrosion. Asbestos was used in various locations throughout the Offshore Shipbuilding Co. shipyard, including:

  • boilers
  • turbines
  • electrical and plumbing insulation
  • pumps
  • steam pipe
  • incinerators
  • gaskets
  • valves
  • welding blankets
  • building insulation

When asbestos materials are handled, a fibrous dust can be released. When this dust is inhaled or ingested, it can cause cancerous growths and life-threatening diseases, including:

  • Mesothelioma (a cancer of the protective lining that covers most of the body’s internal organs, including the lungs)
  • lung cancer
  • asbestosis (lung tissue scarring)
  • cancer in other organs


Asbestos Injuries at the Offshore Shipbuilding Co. – Florida

If you or a loved were exposed to asbestos at the Offshore Shipbuilding Co. and have been diagnosed with an asbestos-related condition, contact us today to determine if you have a case and are entitled to compensation.

Published November 17, 2011 by