Tampa Bay Shipbuilding, operating in Tampa, Florida, is one of the highest producing shipyards in the country. Tampa Bay Shipbuilding was established in 1977, following the bankruptcy of Tampa Shipyards Inc.. Because of its easily accessible location near the Gulf of Mexico, Tampa Bay Shipbuilding is a shipyard of choice for many industries. In addition, the Tampa Bay Shipbuilding yard prides itself on offering full service repair, conversion, and overhaul to both commercial and military vessels.

Tampa Bay Shipbuilding Facility

The Tampa Bay Shipbuilding facility continues to operate as a modern shipyard at the forefront of the newest technology in the marine industry. The Tampa Bay Shipbuilding facility covers 62 acres and contains 4 large graving docks that are able to handle ships of many different sizes. Tampa Bay Shipbuilding shipyard workers are highly trained and the facility is renowned throughout the Gulf of Mexico region for its quality services.

Asbestos & Tampa Bay Shipbuilding

A large number of Tampa Bay Shipbuilding workers are at a great risk for serious health complications from asbestos exposure. Former Tampa Bay Shipbuilding workers who were employed before the 1980s were likely exposed to high levels of asbestos for a prolonged period of time. Because the dangers of asbestos exposure were unknown, no precautions were taken by shipyard employees when working with this dangerous material.   Asbestos was an ideal insulation material for shipbuilding and repair at the Tampa Bay Shipbuilding facility because of its ability to fireproof materials, resist corrosion, and withstand high temperatures. Asbestos was used in the following ship components and products at Tampa Bay Shipbuilding:

  • Boilers
  • Turbines
  • Electrical and plumbing insulation
  • Pumps
  • Steam pipe
  • incinerators
  • Gaskets
  • valves
  • Floor and ceiling tiles
  • Welding blankets
  • Building insulation

When shipyard workers work with asbestos containing materials, a fibrous dust is released into the air where it can be inhaled or ingested. When inhaled or ingested, asbestos dust lodges in the body and can cause severe and fatal diseases, such as:

  • 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

Today there are government regulations regarding the use of asbestos. However, symptoms of asbestos diseases can take decades to surface. As a result, many shipyard workers who were exposed to asbestos years ago are just beginning to develop these serious diseases. In addition, current Tampa Bay shipyard workers are still at risk for asbestos exposure as older ships may still contain asbestos.

Asbestos Injuries at the Tampa Bay Shipbuilding – Florida

If you or a loved were exposed to asbestos at the Tampa Bay Shipbuilding shipyard 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