Because asbestos was used to build ships up until the 1980’s, naval shipyard workers are at risk for developing mesothelioma. Mesothelioma is an aggressive, life-threatening cancer caused by asbestos exposure. There are three types of mesothelioma, which are pleural mesothelioma, peritoneal mesothelioma, and pericardial mesothelioma.

For decades, asbestos was used to build ships because it resisted corrosion and high temperatures. Specifically, asbestos was used as insulation for ships’ boilers, incinerators, hot water pipes, and steam pipes. In addition, asbestos was used for fireproofing ships. Other things found on or around navy shipyards that may have been made with asbestos include:

  • Aircraft Carriers
  • Airships
  • Amphibious Ships
  • Auxiliary Ships
  • Battleships
  • United States Coast Guard Auxiliary
  • Cruisers
  • Destroyers
  • Destroyer Escorts
  • Escort Aircraft Carriers
  • Frigates
  • Minesweepers
  • Patrol Boats
  • Submarines

Unfortunately, many ship builders and navy members inhaled airborne asbestos fibers for years while at work. As a result, many retired naval workers and navy veterans are now at risk for developing mesothelioma. In fact, a study conducted at the Mt. Sinai School of Medicine found that 86% of shipyard workers with 20 or more years of experience developed asbestos-related lung disease or mesothelioma.

Naval records documenting that asbestos-containing materials were used in shipyards, ship construction, and ship repairs still exist. In fact, many mesothelioma victims are using these records in lawsuits against the naval yards where they used to work.

Naval yards involved with asbestos-caused mesothelioma claims may include:

  • Brooklyn Navy Yard (aka New York Navy Shipyard), Brooklyn, NY
  • Charlestown Navy Yard (aka Boston Navy Yard), Boston, MA
  • Long Beach Naval Shipyard, Long Beach, CA
  • Mare Island Naval Shipyard (aka Mare Island Naval Station), CA
  • New London Shipyard (aka New London Naval Submarine Base), Groton, CT
  • Norfolk Naval Shipyard (aka Gosport Shipyard), Portsmouth, VA
  • Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard, Pearl Harbor, HA
  • Philadelphia Naval Shipyard (aka Philadelphia Naval Base), Philadelphia PA
  • Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, Portsmouth, MN
  • Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, Portsmouth, NH
  • Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, Bremerton, WA
  • San Francisco Naval Shipyard, San Francisco, CA
  • Washington Navy Yard, Washington, D.C.


Asbestos Injuries at Naval Shipyards

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Published November 17, 2011 by