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Pilot Thomas Logistics: Marine Services

From its early beginnings in 1936, Economy Boat Store established its tradition for personal service. Economy’s service of ‘midstream fueling’ became the first of its kind on the inland waterways, and the Company’s innovative idea of delivering fuel, lube oil, groceries and marine supplies midstream to the inland waterway industry is still the standard in the business today.

Originating in Wood River, IL, Economy significantly expanded the company through a combination of internal growth and outside acquisitions, thus establishing a presence on the Upper & Lower Mississippi River and US Gulf Coast. Economy serves the marine transportation industry today from Wood River, IL; St. Louis, MO; Wickliffe, KY and Memphis, TN, while serving the Baton Rouge, LA market via the Economy Stone Midstream Fuel joint venture and Mobile, AL via the Radcliff / Economy Marine Services trade name.

Dedicated to its customers and the industry, Economy serves with dependable and efficient midstream service, quality products and competitive pricing; 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.


Truck Fleet


Our mobile transfer units are setup specifically for marine deliveries. Our fuel and lubricant trucks are outfitted with high pressure transfer pumps capable of delivering up to 150 gallons per minute of fuel and `55 gallons per minute of lube oils at 80-PSI. Hoses are tested and certified for over the water pumping. Our average truck capacity is over 6,500 gallons, and many of our newer fleet vehicles feature a custom built boot added to the tractor to hold additional barrels and a crane to lift them out during product delivery.


Our fuel and lubricant barges are designed specifically for marine fuel and lubricant deliveries. Our barges are fitted with cargo pumps capable of delivering up to 1,800 gallons per minute of diesel and up to 135 gallons per of lube oils at 80-PSI. All our barges are classed by the American Bureau of Shipping for Ocean Voyages. Our largest barges have diesel capacity over 630,000 US gallons and lube oil capacities up to 80,000 US gallons in multiple tanks. All our barges are fitted with 65 foot hydraulic cargo handling cranes for ease in handling drums and package products.

Barge Fleet



Maxum uniquely features a fully integrated and state-of-the-art blending facility to ensure peak quality. Our blend plant possesses a tank farm with 2.6 million gallons of storage capacity, manufacturing capabilities that include the blending and processing of raw materials into a fully built up finished product.

  • 98 total tanks between facilities with a total capacity of 3.4 million gallons
  • 205,000 gallons tanks for Cylinder Oil
  • Product is received by rail (UPRR) and by truck
  • Full QA laboratory for testing density, viscosity, TBN, elemental analysis, foam, flash, and pour point
  • Sahara Hot Box for heated drummed additives


Deep Draft Lube


Pilot Thomas Logistics operates at a state-of-the-art blend plant and repackaging facility featuring a quality control laboratory to monitor and control quality. Quality assurance certificates are provided for every blend.

  • ICP Metals Analysis
  • TBN Analysis
  • Foam/Flash Analysis
  • ILMA Certified


Pilot Thomas believes in versatility and convenience when performing lubricant delivery. As such, we’ve diversified our fleet to offer delivery by barge and/or truck. Additionally, we offer dock service at several locations.

  • Delivery by Barge or Truck
  • Drum Delivery
  • Cruise, Container, Tanker Ships
  • At Anchor and At Dock
Deep Draft Lube

LUBRICANT Capabilities

Whether it’s storing or blending of 3rd party brand lubricants, Maxum has both the technical/mechanical capabilities, as well as, the logistical capabilities. We blend and manufacture many of the brands used in engine rooms all over the world.

  • Terminaling Services
  • Contract Manufacturing
  • Commercial Industrial


At Pilot Thomas, storage and output is never a problem. We currently blend over 12 million gallons of lubricant annually. Between the several facilities spanning the West Coast, we can store over 3.4 million gallons of product at a time.

  • 98 Storage Tanks Between Facilities
  • 3.4 Million Gallons of Storage
  • Strategic Locations
Tank Farm

Marine Gas Oil

Marine Gas Oil

Roughly equivalent to No. 2 fuel oil, made from distillate only. Designed for use in all diesel-fueled engines in mobile, portable, and stationary applications. It has maximum sulfur content of 100 ppm (parts per million). MGO is in compliance with ISO 8217: 2010 specifications and also conforms to regulations 14 and 18 of Annex VI of Marpol 73/78.

  • Delivery by Barge or Truck
  • Drum Delivery
  • Cruise, Container, Tanker Ships
  • At Anchor and At Dock