U.S. to Receive First Yemeni LNG Cargo

Boston Harbor will receive its first cargo from Yemen this month, despite objections from officials who claim the vessels are terrorist targets.

U.S. Coast Guard officials announced plans to allow a Yemeni LNG tanker to pass through Boston Harbor to GDF Suez’s Massachusetts terminal this month. The USCG recognized the heightened concern and plans for security to keep the vessel and cargo safe, providing ship boardings and escorts at both domestic and Yemeni ports.

However, Boston mayor Thomas Menino, was disappointed with the decision. Calling on the authoritative duty of Homeland Security and other government agencies to implement long-term solutions to limit LNG moving through Boston's Harbor.

This announcement from USCG came the same day Rhode Island Attorney General Patrick Lynch testified at a state Senate hearing, protesting Hess LNG LLC's development plans for an LNG offloading terminal in Mount Hope Bay. Lynch has been campaigning for the past six years for prevention of any development of LNG terminals because of the environmental, economic and safety hazards.