The Swan Island Shipyard is located on Swan Island in Portland, Oregon. The Swan Island Shipyard is one of several Cascade General Inc. owned ship repair facilities in Oregon. The shipyard is one of the largest repair facilities on the West Coast and renowned for its quality repair services.

History of Swan Island Shipyard

The Swan Island Shipyard was originally founded out of emergency to help service U.S. Navy vessels in World War II. The Swan Island Shipyard contributed enormously to the war effort with its quick repair services of naval vessels engaged in the Pacific Ocean. The Swan Island Shipyard was one of four naval yards in the West Coast designed for T-2 tanker production. An impressive 153 vessels were constructed by the Swan Island Shipyard during war time.

After World War II, the Swan Island Shipyard was sold to the Port of Portland Shipping Administration who operated it until 1999. Then the Swan Island Shipyard was sold to Cascade General Inc., who currently still runs and operates it. 

Swan Island Shipyard Facility

The Swan Island Shipyard facility has eight waterways for ship repairs, making it one of the largest ship repair sites in the region. Services include:

  • Welding
  • Steel servicing
  • Electrical installation
  • Pipe fitting
  • Grit blasting
  • Dry dock services

Asbestos & the Swan Island Shipyard

Unfortunately, the Swan Island Shipyard used asbestos in many of its shipyard operations. The health dangers of asbestos were unknown until the 1980s and unprotected shipyard workers were exposed to high levels of asbestos.

Asbestos is a fibrous material used to construct and repair ships. Asbestos was an ideal insulation material for shipbuilding and repair because of its properties to resist corrosion, high temperatures, and its fireproofing ability. However, when asbestos materials are manipulated, a fibrous asbestos dust can be released into the air. When this dust is inhaled or ingested, it lodges in the body and can cause serious diseases. Some of these serious diseases can include:

  • 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

Swan Island Shipyard workers were unaware that asbestos was dangerous and unfortunately, were exposed to asbestos for prolonged time periods. Within the last two decades, there have been 862 deaths due to asbestos diseases in Oregon. Shipyard workers concerned for their health have sought medical and legal advice about their asbestos exposure.

Asbestos Injuries at the Swan Island Shipyard – Oregon

If you or a loved were exposed to asbestos at the Swan Island Shipyard and have been diagnosed with an asbestos-related disease, contact us today to determine if you have a case and are entitled to compensation.  

Published November 17, 2011 by