Atlantic Marine, Inc. was established in the year 1964 by George W. Gibbs III. In the beginning, this small company devoted 650 acres to repairing ships. It specialized in repairing the larger ships of the United States Navy and of various other privately owned and operated contractors. The company soon added the world-famous Atlantic Dry Dock a scant two years after this in 1966 to add shipbuilding to their ship repair workload.
Over the course of the next decades, this Atlantic Dry Dock was expanded and two more shipyards were opened up when the company bought out the ADDSCO Industries of Mobile, Alabama. This made it possible for a great deal of extra work to be done and for many more employees to be hired.
The Atlantic Dry Dock was located just two miles away from the shore of the Atlantic Ocean. It sat on the intersection of the Intracoastal Waterway and Saint John’s River. While they were fulfilling the shipyard’s many contracts, the workers were forced to work in terrible conditions that involved the presence of asbestos.
Asbestos exposure is a well-known cause of some very serious forms of cancer. Chief among these cancers is mesothelioma. Mesothelioma is a cancer that attacks the linings of the stomach, the lungs, and the heart. These diseases are caused by the inhalation of the fine toxic fibers of asbestos.
Shipyards located across the United States have employed thousands and thousands of people and there have been many families who have been affected by developing mesothelioma. These families can find attorneys who specialize in these cases and sue for compensation to remedy their damages that have been sprinted due to mesothelioma or other asbestos-related diseases.