Established in 1875, Colonna's Shipyard resides in Norfolk, Virginia was created by Charles J. Colonna. It has existed as a repair and refurbishing location, taking on small and medium-sized vessels, such as cruise ships, freighters, tugs and barges. It can handle vessels up to nine hundred feet in length and one hundred and fifty feet wide. In another facility on the other side of Virginia's Elizabeth River, they can even accommodate yachts. With its location, the shipyard has the advantage of being convenient to all terminals and ports located in the Port of Hampton Roads. There is easy access to the highway and airport, as well as deep water access to the yard.
This yard was constructed about ten years after the Civil War, and resides on fifty acres with over a mile of waterfront. It also has 80,000 square feet of roofed building and storage area. Colonna's Shipyard decided in 1991 to focus its efforts on overhauling and maintaining mega yachts, beginning with the Virginian, 204-foot boat. Around that time, the shipyard faced financial hardships and entered a nineteen-month Chapter 11 Bankruptcy. It emerged from the situation in 1995 only to go out of business from lack of commissions a few months later.
With over a hundred years in business, it is easy to imagine that workers may have been exposed to a variety of hazardous materials before they were known to be noxious. Although these exposures may not have been intentional, they often cause many complications long after exposure. A worker who has been exposed deserves compensation and restitution.
Asbestos use was common in all shipyards and those who worked on vessel construction and repair have been among those diagnosed with mesothelioma, a rare cancer known only to be caused by asbestos exposure. Those who believe they may have been exposed should seek the advice of their doctor. Mesothelioma cancer is deadly, and those diagnosed early will increase their treatment options. Fill out the form on this page for further information about a mesothelioma diagnosis, as well as your legal and treatment options.