John W. Stone Oil Distributor, a New Orleans-based marine fuel and lubricant distributor, received its first COI under Subchapter M. The COI is for the 57' vessel Fuel Leader, built in 1976. The boat is used to service customers from John W. Stone’s dock in Paulina, La.

Stone is using the Coast Guard option under Subchapter M and completed the final COI inspection and issuance on the Fuel Leader on July 24. Company officials said they were very satisfied with the process and appreciative of the local Coast Guard’s help and guidance in getting the vessel certificated.


Ken Hocke has been the senior editor of WorkBoat since 1999. He was the associate editor of WorkBoat from 1997 to 1999. Prior to that, he was the editor of the Daily Shipping Guide, a transportation daily in New Orleans. He has written for other publications including The Times-Picayune. He graduated from Louisiana State University with an arts and sciences degree, with a concentration in English, in 1978.