History of the Albina Shipyard

Oregon has long been a home to the ship industry located in the Pacific Northwest region of the United States. The Albina Shipyard was founded in 1904 in Portland, Oregon. The Albina Shipyard sits between Oregon’s Willamette River and the Fremont Bridge. For years the Albina Shipyard flourished as a shipbuilding and ship repair site but closed in the 1980s. At its peak in 1943, the Albina Shipyard had produced close to 38 sub-chasers for the U.S. Navy. During this wartime era the Albina Shipyard employed nearly 4,500 shipyard workers, including some 350 females. 

The Albina Shipyard specialized in the construction and repair of commercial and government vessels including:

  • Cargo ships
  • River barges
  • Tugs
  • Sub chasers
  • Landing crafts
  • Gasoline tankers
  • Coastal Freighters
  • Deck barges
  • Tank barges

Asbestos & the Albina Shipyard

Unfortunately, many Albina Shipyard workers were exposed to asbestos during their employment. Prior to the 1980s, the health risks related to asbestos exposure were unknown. U.S. shipyards, including the Albina Shipyard, frequently used asbestos and asbestos containing products in their ship operations. Consequently, Albina Shipyard employees worked around asbestos containing materials without taking precautions to prevent exposure.

Many shipyard employees have since developed severe and fatal health problems due to their asbestos exposure. Albina Shipyard workers are at a great risk for developing serious health complications from asbestos exposure. When asbestos materials are manipulated, a fibrous dust can be released into the air. When this dust is inhaled or ingested, it lodges in the body and can cause inflammation, cancerous growths, or other symptoms that can be fatal. These asbestos related diseases can include lung cancer, asbestosis, and Mesothelioma.

Mesothelioma is a cancer affecting the protective lining that covers most of the body’s internal organs, including the lungs. Because mesothelioma can take decades to become symptomatic, people who were exposed to asbestos at the Albina Shipyard facility years ago could still develop the disease. If you worked for the Albina Shipyard, you should inform your physician of your possible asbestos exposure.

Authorities have estimated that there have been 862 deaths in Oregon due to asbestos related diseases in the past two decades. Many shipyard workers affected by asbestos exposure have turned to asbestos lawyers for help. Many industrial ship companies have been successfully sued for their liability in these asbestos injuries. 

Asbestos Injuries at the Albina Shipyard – Oregon

If you or a loved one worked for the Albina Shipyard, you may have been exposed to asbestos, contact us today to determine if you have a case and are entitled to compensation.

Published November 17, 2011 by