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A month ago I saw a barge with a tubular structure towed by Sarah Dann, and after that it was La Madonna, both headed for that Shell site in Pennsylvania . . . by way of the Mississippi River.  I’m guessing Sarah Dann‘s barge could be approaching Cairo confluence by now, even though Sarah Dann is in LaRose LALa Madonna is just north of Port Fourchon, so maybe the bargeloads will be consolidated for the inland waterways portion of the trip.  ??

So when I saw Wilkin A. Falgout on AIS, I thought I’d check her out, and sure enough, it was

another module shipping from Cianbro to said ethane cracker project.


My timing could not have been better, because as I was in the area, the mains started up–see the exhaust–and

soon lines were released and the unit turned outbound for the VZ Narrows.

As of this posting, she is approaching Chincoteague  . . .

All photos yesterday by Will Van Dorp, whose previous Falgout vessel can be seen here, if you scroll.

. . . Lama Don A . . . ?  well, of course it’s La Madonna, but when I heard the on the VHF, my first thought was what I put as title.

She’s part of the LA International fleet and following in the wake of Sarah Dann, delivering more modules for the Shell ethane cracker in Potter township Pennsylvania by way of the GOM, Mississippi, and a long way up the Ohio.  The Shell plant employs 5000 people and will cost an estimated $6 billion to construct.  More on ethane here.

As of this posting, Sarah Dann, towing another module,  is mid-Gulf of Mexico.

La Madonna is a 6000 hp tug, 112′ x 32′.


This module was assembled in Brewer, Maine. 


All photos by Will Van Dorp.


Sarah Dann left the sixth boro the other day with

this deckload on CBC Savannah.

Some questions I had were  . . . what and where to?

Inquiring ducks wanted to know, and yes, this is the opposite scenario of “little loquacious birdie.”


Modular structure for a refinery perhaps?  As of this posting, she’s nearly off Charleston, South Carolina.

Photos and curiosity by Will Van Dorp.

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