Charleston ship repair businesses part of $147.M Army contract

Two Charleston-area companies are among nine firms that were awarded a $147.7 million contract for ship repair and maintenance work on U.S. military vessels.

Metal Trades Inc. of Yonges Island and North Charleston-based Detyens Shipyards Inc. will share the job with seven businesses from New Jersey, New York and Virginia.

The work includes dry docking, cleaning, painting, repairs and modifications to Army and Army Reserve vessels on the East Coast. The estimated completion date is Feb. 26, 2021.

“Funding and work location will be determined with each order,” the Department of Defense said in a written statement.

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The contract is with the Army Contracting Command of Fort Eustis, Virginia.