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Portland Shipyard

Portland Shipyard - Portland, Oregon

In 1942, Henry Kaiser pioneered modern, modular, shipbuilding at this ship yard at a lightning pace to meet wartime demand. Portland Shipyard (PSY) is the largest and most inclusive ship repair facility on the west coast. Owned and operated by Cascade General, the yard exists on 60 acres of land connected to the Pacific Ocean by the Columbia/Willamette shipping channel.

Portland Shipyard's Dry Dock 4 is the largest floating dry dock in both North and South America. It is 982 feet long with a capacity of 87,000 tons. The facility also boasts the Panamax (114 foot wide) Dry Dock 3, and Dry Dock 1, that are ideal for smaller craft. The yard runs 17 Whirley cranes, a 200,000 barrel ballast water treatment plant and provides 500,000 square feet of covered workspace. In addition, the shipyard benefits from continual modernization projects supported by its parent company Cascade General.

Asbestos exposure was common at ship repair facilities for many years. As a result many individuals, including veterans, have developed a cancer called mesothelioma. The survival rate for mesothelioma is low because the disease is usually diagnosed in later stages and there is no known cure. Treatment can be obtained at any number of mesothelioma clinics in the country and there are veteran medical centers that cater exclusively to those who served our country. Browse our guide for mesothelioma treatment for more detailed information.

If you are a veteran exposed to asbestos at a shipyard and have been diagnosed with mesothelioma, you may be eligible for compensation. Please fill out the form to the right to learn more.

Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance Blog


January 20, 2017
Emily Walsh

The Importance of Grief Counseling for Mesothelioma Patients and Families

“Mesothelioma is a disease that comes with a grim outlook with only an average of 8% of patients who survive five years after their diagnosis. Because it has such a poor prognosis, a big part of treating mesothelioma – or any form of cancer, really – includes addressing mental impact it has on patients and their family members.”