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Spotlight on Conrad and Detyens Shipyards

Conrad Deepwater, on the Bayou Boeuf/Intracoastal Waterway, Louisiana, has six drydocks ranging from 900 tons to 12,500 tons capacity.

Conrad Deepwater, on the Bayou Boeuf/Intracoastal Waterway, Louisiana, has six drydocks ranging from 900 tons to 12,500 tons capacity.

Conrad  Deepwater  Shipyard  in  Amelia, Louisiana, performs repairs on all types of dredging equipment. Its customers include Pine Bluff Sand and Gravel, Mike Hooks, Manson, Weeks  and Great Lakes. Some of the dredges the company has worked on are: for Mike Hooks, Dredge 32, Dredge Mike Hooks, and Missouri H;   for  Pine Bluff Sand and Gravel, Dredge Marion and Alabama; for Weeks Marine, RS Weeks  and  EW Ellefsen; for Great Lakes Dredge Dock, Key West, California, Texas and Alaska: and for Manson Construction Company, Bayport and Newport.

Conrad also built the 512-cubic-yard shallow-draft hopper dredge Murden for the Corps of Engineers Wilmington District, and delivered it in September 2012.

We operate six drydocks at our full service shipyard in Amelia,” Gary Lipely, director of marketing & sales, said. “The drydocks range from 900 tons to 12,500 tons capacity.

Conrad employs experts on all aspects of shipbuilding and repair, and can work on fabrication, engine repair and rebuilding, hydraulic systems and all other aspects of ship and dredge building and repair.

Conrad Deepwater is approximately five miles from Morgan City and 30 miles from the Gulf of Mexico, on the Bayou Boeuf/Intracoastal Waterway.

Detyens  Shipyards,  Inc.  in  Charleston, South  Carolina, has the facilities needed for dredge repair, maintenance and conversion and has a number of dredging companies as customers. It is the shipyard where Marinex built its dredge Savannah.

Established in 1962 as a central location for a number of shipyards, Detyens leased the shipyard segment of the Charleston Naval Facility on the  Cooper River in the mid-1990s, with its three graving docks, machine shops, portal cranes and other support structure for servicing large vessels.  It now offers extensive crane services and shops, flexible work environment including cross-craft policies, three graving docks and six piers providing 7,000 feet of pier space, 10 pier cranes up to 56-ton capacity, and two floating cranes up to 100-ton capacity. The facility boasts one of the largest ship repair-oriented machine  shops on the eastern seaboard of the Americas.

Among the dredges Detyens has worked on are  the  Corps  of  Engineers  Dredges  McFarland and Wheeler. For Great Lakes Dredge & Dock, Detyens has worked on the dredges 54, New York, Texas, Illinois, Ohio, Alaska, Padre Island and  Dodge Island. The shipyard has done work for Sterling Equipment, worked on Norfolks Atlantic and Charleston, and Southern Dredging Companys Cherokee, as well as scows for Great Lakes and Norfolk.

The company is safety-oriented, and was awarded the “Safest Shipyard” award by the Shipbuilders Council of America five times, in 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2010.

Chairman of the board is D. Loy Stewart, son-in-law of founder William Detyens. Stewart is sole shareholder of the company.   His son, Loy Stewart Jr. is now president.  Loy Jr. is a 1991 graduate of the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point, with a degree in marine engineering.

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