Located on 81 acres at the intersection of the St. Johns River and Intracoastal Waterway, only two miles (3km) from the Atlantic Ocean, the Atlantic Dry Dock was established in 1966. It emerged as part of Atlantic Marine, Inc., which was established in 1964 by George W. Gibbs III. The 650-acre site sits alongside a 42-ft deep channel. The dry dock facility was designed to complement Atlantic Marine, Inc.'s shipbuilding activities with new ship repair capabilities.
Throughout the next few decades, the company grew significantly and expanded on its original facilities. The company installed a new 4,000-ton marine railway; new launchways, new repair piers, and increased water depth. Atlantic Dry Dock opened two more shipyards when it acquired the former ADDSCO Industries in Mobile, Alabama, in 1989. This merger allowed Atlantic to increase their capabilities to build and repair larger vessels.
Asbestos was often used in building and repairing ships so anyone working at this facility could be at risk for developing mesothelioma. Sarcomatoid mesothelioma and papillary mesothelioma are two of the four different mesothelioma cell types. Mesothelioma can be treated but if diagnosed in the later stages going into remission from mesothelioma is unlikely. Leading doctors like Dr. David Sugarbaker at some of the nation’s top mesothelioma clinics do have far more advanced treatment options available to them today. Please consult our mesothelioma treatment guide or mesothelioma medical support for veterans page for up to date information.