The first Conrad Industries shipyard was founded in 1948 in Morgan City, Louisiana. Conrad Industries grew to become one of the leading shipyard companies in the Gulf Region and expanded to include four shipyards located in Louisiana and Texas. Today, Conrad Industries shipyards service both government and commercial vessels at its facilities which include 230,000 square feet of workspace and six ABS class dry-docks. Conrad Industries specializes in the construction and repair of vessels for the Gulf region’s oil industry.

Conrad Industries has built and serviced hundreds of marine vessels, including:

  • oil tankers
  • barges
  • drilling vessels
  • tug boats

Conrad Industries continues to operate modern shipyards at the forefront of the newest technology in the ship industry. In 1997, Conrad Industries purchased the Orange Shipbuilding Company in Texas. This purchase expanded the company’s construction and repair capabilities. Since its establishment, Conrad Industries has contributed enormously to the Gulf Region’s thriving ship industry.

Asbestos & Conrad Industries

Before strict asbestos regulations were ordered in the 1980s, Conrad Industries shipyards used asbestos extensively in their operations. Because Conrad Industries shipyards were established a number of years before the health dangers of asbestos were known, a large number of Conrad Industries shipyard workers are at a great risk for developing asbestos-related health complications.

Asbestos was used in Conrad Industries operations for its ability to fireproof materials, withstand extreme temperatures, and resist corrosion. Asbestos was used by Conrad Industries as insulation for ship machinery such as gaskets, pipes, wires, pumps, and turbines. Although the U.S. government currently regulates asbestos in the shipyard industry, older ships owned by Conrad Industries may still contain asbestos. As a result, Conrad Industries shipyard workers have likely been exposed to asbestos in recent years through the repair and maintenance of older ships.   Working at Conrad Industries may have put shipyard workers at a high risk for developing life-threatening 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 a number of other organs

Asbestos Injuries at Conrad Industries – Louisiana

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

Published November 17, 2011 by