Unlike shipyards that were successful in the creation of ships, many industries were skillful in repairing vessels that were in need of different renovations. The beginnings of Detyens shipyard began in 1962 in Charleston, South Carolina by merchant mariner William Detyens. His vision was to create an industry that was skillful in servicing commercial and naval ships. The ability to be marketable to different kinds of industries allowed this shipyard to grow into a very successful business.
After the war years, many ships were in need for repair and other servicing. The company grew steadily with this type of work and eventually expanded to a second location known as Shipyard River to be able to service all of the ships that were coming in. This location was set up during the mid 1980s but began to decline ten years after its expansion. Navy services were becoming less prominent and to bring in more revenue the company leased out another location at the Charleston Naval Facility. The location was larger and gave more dry-dock space and other storing locations for the ships that were being serviced.
Detyens is still a successful industry today. Its location is still in Charleston with its primary functions of ship repair and renovation. The Detyens have acquired international business by repairing and selling vessels to different countries around the world. It is considered one of the largest facilities that operate on repairs and servicing different kinds of vessels on the east coast.
Ship repair to older ships is one of the most dangerous jobs if not properly protected from different types of toxins. One of the most hazardous materials that is found in shipyards across the country is asbestos . This material was used before the 1970s as a "miracle material" due to its strength and ability to resist heat and chemicals. Those who were not protected from the inhalation of the fibers are now experiencing negative health effects over forty years later. Inhalation of asbestos fibers can cause scarring of lung tissue and eventually lead to cancer. Mesothelioma and asbestosis are lung illnesses that are caused by asbestos inhalation. Most individuals felt no need to protect themselves at the time because the dangerous effects of asbestos were not known.
Common symptoms of these conditions include severe cough, chest pain and fluid within the lungs. These symptoms often mimic other ailments so it is important for the patient to be tested by a doctor for asbestos-related diseases. Some patients do not experience any signs at all. The later the mesothelioma or asbestosis is found, the more resistant it is to treatment and medication. Mesothelioma victims have legal rights and benefits for obtaining quality healthcare and compensation for emotional and health issues due to this life altering illness.
Last modified: December 28, 2010.