History of Baltimore Marine Industries

In 1997, Baltimore Marine Industries purchased the Sparrows Point Shipyard in Maryland. This shipyard was well known for building and repairing ships during the two World Wars, and was owned, up to this point, by Bethlehem Steel who had operated the shipyard since 1916.

The purchase contract for the Sparrows Point Shipyard stated that Baltimore Marine Industries was to develop safer ways to dismantle old ships that contained dangerous materials, such as asbestos. Throughout the next few years, Baltimore Marine Industries worked on the repair and overhaul of more than 79 ships. In addition, the Maryland based Baltimore Marine Industries acquired several contracts to repair or dismantle old Navy ships. However, in 2003, Baltimore Marine Industries filed for bankruptcy.

Baltimore Marine Industries & Asbestos

Sparrows Point Shipyard, like nearly all twentieth century shipyards, used asbestos in many of its activities.  Asbestos material was used extensively by Baltimore Marine Industries to insulate boilers, steam pipes, incinerators, and other forms of ship machinery. In addition, asbestos was used by Baltimore Marine Industries to fireproof ships and as an acoustic material to give ships a quiet approach.

Many Baltimore Marine Industries shipyard employees helped renovate or demolish old ships containing asbestos, exposing them to this dangerous substance for long periods of time. Even in the 1990s, when the hazards of asbestos were known, Baltimore Marine Industries often overlooked safety requirements to quicken the job. The large amounts of asbestos and other toxic wastes contained inside the old ships have affected the health of Baltimore Marine Industries’ employees and contaminated the water and land surrounding the shipyard.

Because asbestos-related diseases can remain asymptomatic for decades, Baltimore Marine Industries shipyard workers who were employed during the 1990s may not show symptoms of asbestos health complications for several years. It is imperative that those who have worked repairing or demolishing old ships with asbestos make their health care providers aware of their exposure. Serious and potentially fatal diseases, such as Mesothelioma, can be better managed if diagnosed early.

If you worked for Baltimore Marine Industries, you may have been exposed to asbestos. The previous owner of the Maryland shipyard, Bethlehem Steel Company, has been successfully sued for exposing workers to asbestos, which led to health complications such as Mesothelioma. 

Asbestos Injuries at Baltimore Marine Industries – Maryland

If you or a loved were exposed to asbestos at a shipyard owned by Baltimore Marine Industries, contact us today to determine if you have a case and are entitled to compensation.

Published November 17, 2011 by