| Tuesday, December 23, 2014 |
A boat designed,
built and operated locally, has been named the Boat of the Year for 2014 by WorkBoat Magazine.
came at the publication’s annual International WorkBoat Show from December
3-December 5 in New Orleans. “Great
Expectations”, an offshore refueling vessel that is owned by John W. Stone Oil
Distributor (Gretna) and Edison Chouest Offshore (Cut Off), was awarded the
distinction of Boat of the Year.
Expectations works out of Chouest’s C-Port in Port Fourchon. The 314-foot by 66-foot vessel was built at
Chouest’s LaShip location in Houma, and it has provided new opportunities for
the distributor, according to Reed Davison, Project Manager for John W. Stone
Senior Editor, Ken Hocke, this is the first year that the publication has named
a Boat of the Year, instead of only naming a Top-10 list of vessels of
Each year, WorkBoat Magazine covers around 70 or 80
vessels, which it this year narrowed down to one Boat of the Year. A vessel’s uniqueness was the primary
consideration for the honor.
Expectations was originally built as a replacement for the single-hull Stone
Buccaneer, which the company was forced to take out of operation due to
requirements of the Oil Pollution Act of 1990. Single-hulled vessels are no longer permitted as of the beginning of
2015. The new vessel has a fuller house
than a traditional supply boat, and it is classified as a tank vessel. The boat can carry 1.5 million gallons of
fuel to rigs, which is twice what the previous boat could handle.
Davidson, “It means a lot. To Stone, it means we are transitioning into the
major leagues with this vessel. We are able to go to new customers and grow as
a company. We can visit a lot of different offshore structures we weren’t able
to visit in the past.”
Great Expectations, Davison went on to express that “[i]t’s just not like
anything else that’s been built.”
agreed.He conveyed that the vessel is
the most state-of-the-art boat that the magazine found. Said Hocke, “Some of the best workboats in
the world are built in Houma and have been for years and will be for years to
come. We couldn’t find a comparable vessel, which is something you couldn’t say
about the others. This was unique. Nobody built something like this that we