History of Orange Shipbuilding

In 1974, Orange Shipbuilding was established in Orange, Texas, 37 miles from the Gulf of Mexico. Originally founded as a building site for tugs and towboats, Orange Shipbuilding specialized in constructing and repairing commercial and government vessels including:

  • Barges
  • Lifeboats
  • Offshore & inland vessels
  • Fishing vessels
  • Cruise ships
  • Oil and gas workboats & tankers
  • Passenger and automobile ferries
  • Dredging vessels
  • Dry docks
  • Salvage ships
  • Towboats
  • Tugboats

In 1997, Orange Shipbuilding was acquired by Conrad Industries.

Orange Shipbuilding Facilities

The Orange Shipbuilding facility is approximately 12 acres and sits on the Sabine River. The Orange Shipbuilding facility includes 6 construction bays, 14 overhead cranes, 2 rolling cranes, and over 60 automatic and semi automatic welding machines. Orange Shipbuilding also has the latest in technologically advanced equipment, including a “Wheelabrator,”? a large plasma burner.

Asbestos at Orange Shipbuilding

Orange Shipbuilding workers hold one of the most dangerous occupations for asbestos exposure. For many years, asbestos material was used in shipbuilding to insulate boilers, steam pipes, incinerators, and other ship machinery at Orange Shipbuilding. Asbestos was used extensively in shipyard operations because of its ability to resist corrosion and withstand high temperatures. The health risks associated with asbestos were not well known until the 1980s, and special precautions were not taken at the Orange Shipbuilding facility to prevent asbestos inhalation. For many years Orange Shipbuilding workers in Texas were dangerously exposed to asbestos dust inhalation.

The health complications from previous asbestos exposure are now surfacing. A medical study conducted at the Mt. Sinai School of Medicine found that 86% of shipyard workers with 20 or more years of shipyard employment develop asbestos-related diseases. These diseases include mesothelioma, lung cancer, and other serious diseases caused by asbestos exposure. If you have been exposed to asbestos while working at the Orange Shipbuilding, you are at risk for developing an asbestos-related disease.

Asbestos Injuries at Orange Shipbuilding – Texas

Have you or a loved one worked at Orange Shipbuilding? You may have been exposed to asbestos. To arrange a free consultation with an experienced asbestos lawyer who can inform you of your rights and options, contact us today.

Published November 17, 2011 by