History of the Detyens Shipyard

In 1962, the first Detyens Shipyard was established by William Detyens in Charleston, South Carolina. Detyens Shipyard was originally founded as a ship construction, repair, and conversion facility for both military and commercial vessels. The U.S. Navy contracted Detyens Shipyard to rebuild and repair older Navy warships. Detyens Shipyard prospered economically and was able to expand to other locations to handle its increasing workload. In the 1990s, Detyens Shipyard leased dry-dock space from the Charleston Naval Facility for expanded operations.

In recent years, Detyens Shipyard has seen a decline in the demand for U.S. Navy ship repair and conversion. Detyens Shipyard turned its focus to commercial ship repairs and successfully marketed many different industries for service contracts. While the majority of Detyens Shipyard’s workload consisted of commercial ship repair, Detyens Shipyard also been contracted for shipyard service by foreign militaries.      

Today, Detyens Shipyard Inc. is a unified group of full service shipyards that perform different services. Detyens Shipyard’s central locations on the U.S. Eastern Coast and proximity to major waterways ensure the demand for Detyens Shipyard’s services. Detyens Shipyard continues to operate with modern facilities at the forefront of the newest technology in the ship industry.

Asbestos & Detyens Shipyard

Before strict asbestos regulations were ordered in the 1980s, U.S. shipyards used asbestos containing products extensively in their operations. Detyens Shipyard was founded years before asbestos health dangers were known. Unfortunately, many shipyard workers employed at Detyens Shipyard are at risk of suffering from health complications due to asbestos exposure. Detyens Shipyard workers may have also been exposed to asbestos in recent years repairing and maintaining older ships. 

Detyens Shipyard used asbestos because of its ability to retard fire, withstand high temperatures, and resist corrosion. Asbestos was used at Detyens Shipyard as insulation for ship machinery, including gaskets, pipes, wires, pumps, and turbines. Detyens Shipyard workers often used asbestos products and worked in vessels ridden with asbestos. Today the U.S. government regulates asbestos in the shipyard industry but older ships may still contain asbestos.

Working at Detyens Shipyards may have put shipyard workers at risk for developing life threatening diseases such as:

  • Mesothelioma (a cancer of the protective lining that covers most of the body’s internal organs, including the lungs)
  • lung cancer
  • asbestosis (lung tissue scarring)
  • Cancer in a number of other organs

Asbestos Injuries at the Detyens Shipyard – South Carolina

If you or someone you love worked at Detyens Shipyard and have been diagnosed with an asbestos-related disease, contact us today to determine if you have a case and are entitled to compensation.

Published November 17, 2011 by