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Mesothelioma Help Center - Mesothelioma Veterans

If you are a Navy veteran or if you served in another branch of the armed forces or at a Naval shipyard and have been diagnosed with Mesothelioma you may be eligible to receive compensation.

According to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, there are currently 25 million living individuals who have served in the United States' armed forces that may have been exposed to asbestos.

Navy Veterans and Shipyard Workers

Navy used asbestos products in ship construction, repair and overhaul at naval shipyards and involved many asbestos companies. Asbestos was widely used by every military branch and was highly regarded for its heat resistance and fireproofing capabilities. More than 300 construction materials containing asbestos were used by the military between the 1930s through the 1970s. Every ship and shipyard built by the Navy before the mid-70s was fitted with numerous asbestos-containing materials.

Asbestos was used in engine and boiler rooms and other areas below deck for fire safety purposes. Products such as brakes, gaskets, valves, cements, adhesives, and floor and pipe coverings all contained asbestos.

Asbestos Exposure and Mesothelioma

Now, decades later, doctors are seeing a surge in the number of cases of Mesothelioma and asbestosis cases among U.S. veterans, especially Navy veterans.

If you are a Navy veteran who has been diagnosed with Mesothelioma cancer, you should consult an experienced Mesothelioma asbestos attorney to see if you are entitled to compensation from asbestos exposure.

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Shipyard workers across the Unites States were exposed to asbestos and many have developed asbestos and mesothelioma cancer. Shipyard workers and military personnel were often exposed to asbestos-covered boilers, steam pipes, wall insulation, turbines, pipe covering, gaskets, pumps, cement and other asbestos containing products.

One of the most dangerous jobs was that of the shipbuilder. Shipyard workers who cut, trimmed, fitted, repaired or dismantled these insulated assemblies have suffered serious health issues as a result of this asbestos exposure. Shipyard workers who overhauled old ships were especially exposed as parts containing asbestos were torn out and replaced. Not only the shipyard workers, but the crews of those ships and the longshoreman - those who load the ships - were heavily exposed to asbestos as well.

Shipyard workers during World War II and before the 1980 were heavily exposed to asbestos.

Asbestos was ideal for use in ship building because of its ability to resist corrosion and high temperatures.

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 lung cancer. Shipyard workers run an increased risk of developing mesothelioma or other asbestos-related illnesses.

Asbestos Exposure in Shipyards - Mesothelioma

Alabama Shipyards - Mesothelioma

  • Alabama Dry Dock & Shipbuilding Company, Mobile, AL
  • Bender Shipbuilding
  • Gulf Shipbuilding Corporation, Chickasaw, AL
  • Ingalls Shipyard

Alaska Shipyards - Mesothelioma

  • Seward Ships Drydock (Seward)
  • Seward Marine Industrial Center

California Shipyards - Mesothelioma

  • Bethlehem Shipyard, San Francisco
  • Bethlehem Steel Shipyard, Terminal Island
  • California Navy Shipyard
  • Conrad Industries
  • Consolidated Steel Shipyards
  • Hunters Point Naval Shipyard
  • Kaiser Shipyard, Richmond
  • Long Beach Naval Shipyard
  • Mare Island Naval Shipyard, Vallejo, CA
  • Marinship Corporation, Sausalito, CA
  • Moore Drydock
  • National Shipyards
  • Naval Weapons Station
  • Permanente Metals Corporation, #1 Yard, Richmond, CA
  • Permanente Metals Corporation, #2 Yard, Richmond, CA
  • Richmond Shipyard (Kaiser)
  • Rough & Ready Island Ship Repair
  • San Diego Naval Shipyard and Air Station
  • San Francisco Drydock
  • Southwest Marine Shipyard, Long Beach
  • Southwest Marine Shipyard, San Diego
  • Terminal Island Naval Operating Base
  • Terminal Island Naval Shipyard
  • Todds Shipyard, Los Angeles
  • Todds Shipyard, San Francisco
  • TODD-Alameda Naval Shipyard
  • TODD Shipyard, Oakland
  • TODD Shipyard, San Pedro
  • U.S. Naval Shipyard
  • U.S. Naval Operating Base, Terminal Island
  • Vallejo Shipyard
  • Western Shipyard
  • Western Pipe & Steel Company of California, San Pedro, CA

Connecticut Shipyards - Mesothelioma

  • Electric Boat
  • Groton Electric Boat Company
  • Groton Naval Base
  • Naval Submarine Base

District of Columbia Shipyards - Mesothelioma

  • Washington Navy Yard

Florida Shipyards - Mesothelioma

  • Atlantic Dry Dock
  • Gulf Marine Repair Corporation
  • J. A. Jones Construction Company, Panama City, FL
  • Hendry Corporation
  • Mayport Naval Station
  • Offshore Shipbuilding Inc.
  • Pensacola Naval Air Station
  • St. John's River Shipbuilding Company, Jacksonville, FL
  • Tampa Bay Shipbuilding

Georgia Shipyards - Mesothelioma

  • J. A. Jones Construction Company, Brunswick, GA
  • Southeastern Shipbuilding Corporation, Savannah, GA

Illinois Shipyards - Mesothelioma

  • Chicago Bridge & Iron Company, Seneca, IL

Indiana Shipyards - Mesothelioma

  • Jeffersonville Boat & Machine Company, Jeffersonville, IN
  • Missouri Valley Bridge & Iron Company, Evansville, IN

Louisiana Shipyards - Mesothelioma

  • Avondale Industries
  • Bollinger Shipyards
  • Conrad Industries
  • Delta Shipbuilding Company, New Orleans, LA

Maine Shipyards - Mesothelioma

  • Bath Iron Works Corporation, Bath, ME
  • New England Shipbuilding Company, South Portland, ME
  • Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, Kittery, ME

Maryland Shipyards - Mesothelioma

  • Baltimore Marine Industries
  • Bethlehem Shipbuilding
  • Bethlehem-Fairfield Shipyards, Inc., Baltimore, MD
  • Curtis Bay Coast Guard Yard
  • Ellicott International
  • Key Highway Shipyard

Massachusetts Shipyards - Mesothelioma

  • Bethlehem Steel Company, Hingham, MA
  • Bethlehem Steel Company, Quincy, MA
  • Boston Naval Shipyard, Charlestown, MA
  • Charlestown Navy Yard
  • Fore River Shipyard
  • General Ship Corp.

Michigan Shipyards - Mesothelioma

  • Defoe Shipbuilding Co.

Mississippi Shipyards - Mesothelioma

  • Ingalls Shipbuilding
  • Naval Station Pascagoula
  • Trinity Marine Group

New Hampshire Shipyards - Mesothelioma

  • Portsmouth Naval Shipyard

New Jersey Shipyards - Mesothelioma

  • Federal Shipbuilding, Newark, NJ
  • Federal Shipbuilding, Kearny, NJ
  • Federal Shipbuilding & Dry Dock Company, Port Newark, NJ
  • New York Shipbuilding
  • Todds Shipyard

New York Shipyards - Mesothelioma

  • Bethlehem Steel Company, Staten Island, NY
  • Brooklyn Navy Shipyard
  • Caddell Drydock and Repair
  • GMD Shipyard
  • New York Shipbuilding Corp
  • New York Naval Shipyard, Brooklyn, NY
  • New York Shipbuilding Company, Camden, NJ
  • Todds Shipyard, Brooklyn

North Carolina Shipyards - Mesothelioma

  • Charleston Naval Shipyard, Charleston, SC
  • North Carolina Shipbuilding Company, Wilmington, NC

Ohio Shipyards - Mesothelioma

  • American Shipbuilding

Oregon Shipyards - Mesothelioma

  • Albina Shipyard
  • Astoria Voyage Repair Station
  • Cascade General
  • Commercial Iron & Steel Shipyard - Portland
  • Dyer Shipyard
  • Floating Marine Ways Shipyard - Portland
  • Gunderson/FMC Shipyard - Portland
  • Kaiser Shipyard
  • Northwest Marine Ironworks
  • Oregon Shipyard (Kaiser)
  • Oregon Shipbuilding Company, Portland, OR
  • Portland Ship Repair Yard
  • South Portland Shipyard
  • Swan Island Shipyard
  • Tongue Point Naval Shipyard
  • Willamette Iron & Steel Corporation, Portland, OR
  • Zidell"s Shipyard - Portland

Pennsylvania Shipyards - Mesothelioma
American Bridge Company, Pittsburgh, PA
Bethlehem Shipbuilding Corporation
Cramp Shipbuilding Company, Philadelphia, PA
Dravo Corporation, Pittsburgh, PA
Key Highway Shipyard
Penn Shipbuilding
Pennsylvania Shipyard (Beaumont)
Philadelphia Naval Shipyard, Philadelphia, PA
Sun Shipbuilding & Dry Dock Company, Chester, PA
Rhode Island Shipyards - Mesothelioma

  • Newport Naval Yard

South Carolina Shipyards - Mesothelioma

  • Braswell Services Group
  • Carolina Shipping Company
  • Charleston Naval Shipyard
  • Detyen's Shipyard

Texas Shipyards - Mesothelioma

  • American Bridge Shipyard (Orange)
  • AMFELS, Brownsville
  • Barbas Cut Docks
  • Bloodworth Bond Shipyard
  • Boats of Freeport
  • Brown Shipbuilding Company, Houston, TX
  • Consolidated Steel Corporation, Orange, TX
  • Galveston Docks
  • Houston Shipyards
  • Ingalls Shipbuilding
  • Kane Shipbuilding
  • Naval Station Ingleside
  • Orange Shipbuilding Co.
  • Pennsylvania Shipyard (Beaumont)
  • Port Adams Shipyard
  • TODD Shipyard (Houston)
  • Trinity Marine Group
  • USX Shipyard

Virginia Shipyards - Mesothelioma

  • Collona's Shipyard
  • Little Creek Amphibious Base
  • Lyon Shipyard
  • Naval Amphibious Base Little Creek
  • Newport News Shipbuilding
  • Newport News Naval Shipyard
  • Newport News Shipbuilding & Dry Dock Company, Newport News, VA
  • Norfolk Naval Shipyard
  • Norfolk Naval Shipyard, Portsmouth, VA
  • Phillyship
  • Richmond Shipyards

Washington Shipyards - Mesothelioma

  • Associated Shipbuilders, Inc., Seattle, WA
  • Bremerton Naval Shipyard
  • Duwamish Shipyard
  • Foss Tug and Launch Company
  • Kaiser Vancouver Shipyard
  • Lake Washington Shipyards, Houghton, WA
  • Lake Union Drydock
  • Lockheed Shipyard
  • Masco Shipyard
  • Naval Station Everett
  • Puget Sound Bridge Yards
  • Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, Bremerton, WA
  • Tacoma Drydock
  • Strategic Weapons Facility
  • Todds Shipyard, Seattle
  • TODD Shipyard, Tacoma
  • Vancouver Shipyard (Kaiser)
  • Voyage Repair Station Port Angeles

Washington D.C. Shipyards - Mesothelioma

  • Washington Navy Yard
  • Manitowoc Shipbuilding Corporation, Manitowoc, WI

Shipyard Workers - Boilermakers Unions

Boilermaker National Joint Apprenticeship Program
Shipbuilding and Marine Division
International Brotherhood of Boilermakers, Iron Ship Builders, Blacksmiths, Forgers &
Local 627 - AZ and NM (Unofficial)


  • Local 549 - Pittsburgh, CA


  • Boilermakers Local 204 Honolulu
  • Shipbuilders Local 204 Honolulu
  • Boilermakers Local 627 Asbestos
  • Shipbuilders Local 627 Asbestos
  • Boilermakers Local 549 Asbestos
  • Shipbuilders Local 549 Asbestos
  • Boilermakers Local 667 Asbestos
  • Shipbuilders Local 667 Asbestos
  • Iron Ship Builders Local 204 - Honolulu, HI

West Virginia

  • Local 667 - Winfield, WV (Unofficial)

Shipyard Workers Linked to Asbestos and Mesothelioma Cancer

Asbestos was a popular material used widely in construction and many other industries. If asbestos fibres are enclosed or tightly bound in a product, for example in asbestos siding or asbestos floor tiles, there are no significant health risks. Asbestos poses health risks only when fibres are present in the air that people breathe.


Asbestos is the generic name for a variety of fibrous minerals found naturally in rock formations around the world. Because asbestos fibres are strong, durable and non-combustible, they were widely used by industry, mainly in construction and friction materials. Commercial asbestos fibres belong in two broad mineralogical groups: serpentine (chrysotile) and amphibole (tremolite, actinolyte and others).

Amphibole asbestos often contains more iron and resists acid and extremely high temperatures. Because of this, it has been heavily used in industrial furnaces and heating systems. However when inhaled, amphibole fibres stay much longer in the lungs than chrysotile fibres and they are more likely to inflict damage and cause disease, including cancer. Accordingly, amphibole asbestos has been drastically controlled and largely replaced.

Chrysotile is the only serpentine asbestos that is found in almost all asbestos-based products available today and is the main form of asbestos still mined. Chrysotile is different from the amphiboles both structurally and chemically. It is generally accepted that chrysotile asbestos is less potent and does less damage to the lungs than the amphiboles.

How much asbestos is in a product does not indicate its health risk. If the asbestos fibres are enclosed or tightly bound in a compound, there is no significant health risk. One of the main problems with asbestos came from sprayed or "friable" (easily broken up) amphibole asbestos used in buildings until the 1970s. People working in construction, maintenance or in the renovation of older buildings should be particularly careful when handling this asbestos.

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