Page Updated: June 11, 2019

Alabama Dry Dock and Shipping Company (ADDSCO)

The Alabama Dry Dock and Shipping Company (ADDSCO) was one of the many shipyards in the U.S. that used asbestos in products, equipment, and machinery. Based out of Mobile, Alabama, it was also once one the largest marine production facilities in the nation.

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Alabama Dry Dock entrance

Alabama Dry Dock and Shipping Company History

ADDSCO was founded in 1916 by the president of Alabama Iron Works, D. R. Dunlap, along with his cousin, George H. Dunlap. The duo merged several small dry dock companies together that offered berths for shipping, ship repair facilities, and other maritime-related activities.

During World War I, ADDSCO employed more than 4,000 people, ranging from welders, electricians, engineers, shipbuilders, and much more. When War World II began, the shipyard saw its greatest boom, and shifted its focus almost exclusively to war efforts.

The shipyard became so huge that by 1943, over 30,000 people were employed there, working a variety of different jobs. The need for workers was so great that women were trained and hired to work as welders.

ADDSCO became well-known for building 20 Liberty ships, as well as over 100 oil tankers, including the the Arickaree, the largest ship ever constructed along the U.S. Gulf Coast. ADDSCO also created over 2,000 combat vessels prior to the end of World War II.

After the war, many people were laid off as the shipyard slowed down its production of vessels. ADDSCO began focusing on repairing ships and various maritime projects until the 1980s, when a series of serious accidents and disasters put the shipyard’s future in danger. In 1988, the shipyard closed permanently and was sold to numerous different companies.

A string of lawsuits plagued AADSCO afterward. The lawsuits were not only directly against the shipyard for pension-related issues, but also against manufacturers that shipped asbestos-containing products to AADSCO. Thousands upon thousands of former shipyard workers began developing fatal illnesses after working around asbestos-containing products.

Alabama Dry Dock Asbestos Products

Everything from boilers, sleeping quarters, pipes, and insulation were filled with asbestos. When workers repaired ship parts, it typically required ripping out and then installing products with high amounts of asbestos. Asbestos fibers would then become loose, permeating throughout the air. When inhaled or ingested, asbestos fibers can lead to serious, life-threatening diseases.

Although there was a 1984 class-action lawsuit against the company, brought on by both past and present employees, the majority of workers who developed asbestos-related illnesses sued the manufacturing companies that provided the asbestos-containing products to the shipyard.

Alabama Dry Dock Today

Although ADDSCO closed in the late 1980s, the shipyard re-opened under BAE Systems, and currently does vessel repairs, construction, and conversion.

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