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Question Boston LNG carrier security regulations

So I was just browsing Wikipedia and came across this:

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In the wake of the September 11, 2001 attacks, there have been concerns about the security of LNG shipments within Boston Harbor, and increased fear of terrorism. Because of the location of the LNG terminal in the Mystic River, tankers traveling to and from the facility are forced to pass directly offshore of downtown Boston. During their voyage through the harbor, they are protected by a security zone that extends 2 miles (3.2 km) in front of the vessel, 1-mile (1.6 km) behind it, and more than half a mile on either side. This zone is enforced by escort vessels provided by the Coast Guard and State Police. The Tobin Bridge is closed as the escort passes under it, and boating is forbidden within the security zone.
I'm new to the whole sailing thing, and I've only been around Boston harbor for a few weeks, but it still surprises me this is the first I've heard of this. It doesn't seem to be noted on the charts, nor in the LNM, and no one in the know has mentioned it to me. It sounds like if an LNG carrier is coming in, pretty much the entire Charles would be blocked. I'm glad I didn't accidentally go sailing when this was happening! How do they notify mariners where/when to stay away? How often do LNG carriers come in?
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It's accurate. We've dealt with it a few times this summer, most recently last weekend. If you keep the radio on 16 they should broadcast as it's coming in, but I didn't hear anything last weekend.

If you're not out of the channel, any one of several authorities will pull up and "suggest" you move out. Back in July (July 4th weekend actually) we heard it broadcast on 16 while we were trying to leave the harbor, just past the airport. At 6kts under power, it was all we could do to make it past G5 and duck outside the channel next to Spectacle. A State Trooper actually pulled up asking where we were going - "out of the channel as fast as we can" - he said OK and went on his way. Nice guys actually, 2nd time they've approached us and have been friendly both times.

Thought it odd they'd schedule it on the Sat morning of July 4th.
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This has been occurring since at least the summer of 2007. I brought my boat down from Boston Harbor to Savannah, Ga. coastal cruising and going down the ICW. Unfortunately, when we left Boston harbor the local CG/harbor patrol was very unpleasant; they ordered us not just out of the channel but to pull into a marina threatening us with a hefty fine. I found this interesting as we passed through several large commercial harbors that handle hazardous cargo and had no problems with the authorities. Other then this incident we had an excellent time in Boston.
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Boston's inner harbor is relatively narrow compared to most. It is also right in the heart of the city. As such, the security zone is really a good idea and a necessity. If terrorists managed to damage the LNG tanker, the resulting catastrophe could flatten a good part of the city.

The USCG usually broadcasts a SECURITE message warning of the restrictions and when the LNG tanker is due.
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This has been occurring since at least the summer of 2007. I brought my boat down from Boston Harbor to Savannah, Ga. coastal cruising and going down the ICW. Unfortunately, when we left Boston harbor the local CG/harbor patrol was very unpleasant; they ordered us not just out of the channel but to pull into a marina threatening us with a hefty fine. I found this interesting as we passed through several large commercial harbors that handle hazardous cargo and had no problems with the authorities. Other then this incident we had an excellent time in Boston.
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The LNG barges are fairly common on the Delaware River, usualy push tug with tug escort and local marine police or CG. No problem as long as you stay out of the channel as they pass.


This one was going down river empty, a lot less free board when loaded and larger wake.
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