Detyens Shipyard to overhaul Navy ship in $8M job

Leroy Burnell/Staff Detyens Shipyards is located on the Charleston County side of the Wando River on S.C. Highway 41

Detyens Shipyards Inc. has been awarded a contract to work on a Navy refueling vessel in North Charleston.

The $8.1 million job is for a routine 55-day overhaul and dry-docking of the Military Sealift Command’s USNS John Lenthall.

Work will include cleaning and engine and propeller maintenance, replacing the air conditioning chillers and painting the underwater hull.

Detyens s expected to be complete the work by June 25 at its shipyard on the former Navy base. It won the job over two other bidders.

The 667-foot-long John Lenthall is part of a fleet that services Navy ships at sea. It can haul about 180,000 barrels of fuel for vessels and aircraft.