The 'G' in 'LNG' must stand for 'ginormous'

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The "wall" that Coast Guard patrol boat (with the machine gun mounted in the front) is in front of is actually the side of the Suez Matthew, an LNG tanker passing through Boston Harbor on its way out of Everett this afternoon (it's the tanker that went adrift off the Cape last December).

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The Coasties are escorting

The Coasties are escorting the tanker in case of:

Accidental collisions, grounding, hitting a buoy, abutment, etc.

Traffic control, big boats don't turn on a dime so little boats need to be shooed away if they stray.

The off chance of a speed boat bomb or malicious divers - accidents could cause a fire or minor leak in a compartment, something intentional could set off an explosion which cooks everything within a half mile and hits, as far out as two miles, with hurricane force overpressure.

That's my son-in-law at the helm!

Adam-

My son-in-law was the coxwain on this run. I was thrilled to see these pictures. Thank you so much.

The CG is required to accompany all LNG's in and out of the harbor no matter what the time of day or weather. Think of that small CG vessel at 2AM on a noght in Fenruary. It's hard work.

May I have permission to download your photos. I would love to save them.

Thanks again!