Chelsea, Boston Harbor and LNG

January 14, 2010
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Boston Mayor Thomas Menino does not want to allow tankers from Yemen carrying enormous amounts of LNG to pass through Boston Harbor on its way to a dockage in Everett.

City Manager Jay Ash has joined Mayor Menino, the belief being that Homeland Security and all relevant anti-terrorism agencies including the FBI need to certify the crews on board the Yemeni tankers in order to make their way into Boston Harbor much safer than it is today.

Presently, the tankers come and go into and out of Boston Harbor unimpeded by security checks or advanced anti-terrorist measures.

Mayor Menino and City Manager Ash believe this is a mistake.

We agree.

Interestingly enough, senate candidate Tim Flaherty calls the Yemeni tankers coming into Boston Harbor, a danger for the Greater Boston area.

In a press release dated January 13, Flaherty said: “Without a top to bottom review, these shipments represent an unacceptable risk for residents of neighboring communities, including Boston, Revere, Chelsea, Everett and Winthrop.”

We agree.

It will take one mistake, one overlooked important moment for the entire area to become the victim of incineration at the hands of Yemeni terrorist, shipmates who are terrorists or terrorists intent on disabling and setting afire the ship inside the harbor.

Speaker Robert DeLeo also shares deep concerns about these shipments of LNG.

With everyone working together, perhaps these deliveries, which should be delayed, can be made safer.

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  • C. David Rogers, P. E.

    I just had to reply to this article. First off, I am a Vermonter, but I absolutely love the City of Boston and honor it as ‘sacred’ ground because of its part in the Revolutionary War, and the terrific BOSOX team.

    It seems as though the LNG problem is but one of many that large urban/suburban areas that border shore- and coast- lines are faced with. Very little attention is placed-on the vulnerability to attack, whether that be by an IED planted on a ship carrying volatile cargo such as LNG, attack by small boats loaded with terrorists, such as Mumbai, and/or a small boat attack with an IED on-board and ramming into a maritime ship, such as the USN Cole in Yemen. Who is to say that all these events haven’t been rehearsals for similar events on the US Mainland via over-water small boats.

    We must come to realize that there are 13+ million registered small boats navigating our off shore waters. This excludes the 50,000 small commercial vessels that we accept are present every day. The solution does not lie in merely security by the Dept. of Homeland Security (DHS) alone. There must be the same spirit of security that we’ve had in many wars, for example WW II and the protection of our mainland. We need modern technoloties to LINK the small boater community with DHS. In other words, in addition from banning those floating LNG bombs from entering the harbor. We need an ‘electric fence’ of sorts to insure whoever comes within 5 miles of our shores is indeed legitamite traffic. Yes, use electronic means, such as applied in our cell phones, iphones,or other PDA devices. This technology is available and being proposed, but it will take the citizens to overide the boundaries of politics, lobbyists, etc. and insist that work commence immediately on bringing this vital cooperative involvement to reality. Feel free to investigate the patented technology with me further.

    Dave Rogers
    Also see Google “C. David Rogers”

    (802) 846-5178

  • Jill

    If the authorities can not do anything to block this shipment from Yemen, at least, please the the Bostonians know in advace, so we will get the hell out of the city especially water front, North end, Chelse, everette.
    If we get LNG, Yemen should NOT be the place!!!

  • Jill

    If the authorities can not do anything to block this shipment from Yemen, at least, please let the Bostonians know in advace when the ship will will arrive , so we will get the hell out of the city especially water front, North end, Chelse, everette.
    If we get LNG, Yemen should NOT be the place


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