Located on the Elizabeth River in Norfolk, Virginia, the Lyon Shipyard provides dry-docking and repair services to a variety of different vessel types. The Lyon Shipyard sits in a prime location in the Mid-Atlantic States and the area provides a bounty of repair activity. The nearby Norfolk harbor is a distribution stop for cargo ships, commercial vessels, and fishing ships and the Lyon Shipyard serves as the area repair station.

History of the Lyon Shipyard

The Lyon Shipyard was established in 1928 as the Moon Shipyard and Repair Corporation. The Lyon Shipyard became a major repair site in the area and soon upgraded its facilities due to consumer demand. During World Wars I and II, the Lyon Shipyard repaired smaller naval and military watercrafts and contributed a great deal to the war effort.

Following World War II, the Lyon Shipyard operations returned to commercial vessel repair, complemented with contracts from the U.S. Navy and other government agencies. In the 1990’s, the Lyon Shipyard leased a dry-dock and now has the capacity to dry-dock barges up to 350 feet long and 85 feet wide. Since the Lyon Shipyard acquired this dry-dock, it has specialized in the dry-docking and repair of older ships.

Asbestos & the Lyon Shipyard

The Lyon Shipyard was built many years before the dangers of asbestos exposure were publicly known. Prior to the 1980s, asbestos was used extensively in shipyard operations and in ships, which are repaired at the Lyon Shipyard. Asbestos was considered an ideal material for ship production and repair because of its fire resistant quality and resistance to heat and corrosion. As a result, shipyard workers, including workers at the Lyon Shipyard, have been exposed to high levels of asbestos for long periods of time. In recent years, many shipyard employees, including employees at the Lyon Shipyard, have developed serious and potentially fatal diseases from asbestos exposure.   Asbestos was used at Lyon Shipyard in various areas of the ships and in machinery, including in:

  • Boilers
  • Turbines
  • Electrical and plumbing insulation
  • Pumps
  • Steam pipe
  • Incinerators
  • Gaskets
  • Valves
  • Welding blankets
  • Building insulation

Shipyard workers did not know the dangers of asbestos and worked freely with the material. When asbestos is manipulated, a fibrous asbestos dust can be released. In the tight, poorly ventilated areas of ships, this asbestos dust is likely to be inhaled. Asbestos inhalation can cause cancerous growths and life threatening diseases, including:

  • 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 internal organs

Today there are government regulations restricting the use of asbestos, including at the Lyons Shipyard. However, many shipyard workers, including workers at the Lyons Shipyard, were exposed to the material decades ago and only now are beginning to develop serious asbestos diseases. Shipyard workers currently employed at the Lyon Shipyard are also at risk of asbestos exposure from their work repairing older ships that may contain asbestos. If you think you have been exposed to asbestos, alert your physician immediately. Authorities have estimated that nearly 100,000 shipyard workers, including workers at the Lyon Shipyard, have died from asbestos diseases. In recent years, a number of shipyard companies have been the targets of lawsuits brought by shipyard workers injured from asbestos exposure.

Asbestos Injuries at the Lyon Shipyard – Virginia

Have you or a loved one ever worked for the Lyon Shipyard?  If so, you may have been exposed to asbestos. Talk to your physician and know the symptoms of asbestos related diseases. You may also contact one of our asbestos injury lawyers for a free and confidential case evaluation.  You may be eligible to seek compensation for the damages to your health due to asbestos exposure.

Published November 17, 2011 by