Avondale Industries shipyard was founded in 1938 and is located twelve miles from New Orleans, Louisiana. The shipyard’s prime location on the busy Mississippi River ensures continued access and demand for its services. Originally created as a small barge repair yard, Avondale Industries shipyard grew to specialize in the building, conversion, and repair of both commercial and military marine vessels.

The Avondale Industries shipyard has built and serviced hundreds of marine vessels, including:

  • amphibious assault ships
  • mine hunters
  • crude oil carriers
  • destroyer escort ships
  • guided missile destroyers
  • research ships
  • surface non- combatant ships
  • gaming boats
  • tugs
  • towboats

Avondale Industries Facility

Avondale Industries shipyard continues to operate as a modern shipyard and incorporates the newest technology in the shipbuilding industry. The Avondale Industries facility has grown to become an enormous 268 acre industrial complex. The Avondale Industries shipyard includes 3 outfitting docks totaling 6,000 feet, 2 floating dry-docks, and a 388,000 sq ft steel fabrication facility. In addition, Avondale Industries employs over 6,000 people, making it the largest manufacturing employer in Louisiana.

Asbestos & Avondale Industries

Before strict asbestos regulations were ordered in the 1980s, Avondale Industries used asbestos containing products extensively in its operations. Because the Avondale Industries shipyard was established many years before the dangers of asbestos exposure were realized, Avondale Industries shipyard employees often worked directly with asbestos materials without taking any precautions to prevent exposure. 

Asbestos is a fibrous material and was used in ship construction and repair at Avondale Industries for its ability to retard fire, withstand high temperatures, and resist corrosion. When Avondale Industries shipyard workers dealt with asbestos materials, asbestos fibers were likely released into the air and inhaled. When inhaled, asbestos dust can lodge in the lungs or the protective lining surrounding many of the body’s organs and cause serious 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 a number of other organs

Asbestos Injuries at Avondale Industries – Louisiana

If you or a loved one were exposed to asbestos at the Avondale Industries shipyard, contact us today to schedule a consultation and learn more about your legal rights.

Published November 17, 2011 by