2001 Maritime

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November 1, 2001

Marine security company launched
A new company has been launched to "address the challenges of marine security" in the wake of the September 11th terrorist attacks.

One of the three established companies involved in the new venture is Energy Transportation Group, Inc.

"The pressing need for [maritime security] services was underscored by the September 26 barring of LNGC Matthew from Boston Harbor (Everett) by the Coast Guard, pending approval of a comprehensive written plan detailing the LNG vessel's security capabilities to counter all likely threat scenarios offshore, in transit, and dockside," noted Energfy Transportation's co-chairmen, Kendall and Kimball Chen.

Also involved in the new company, Global Marine Security Systems Company are Hart Group Limited and Tufton Oceanic Limited.

"This new company brings unsurpassed experience and in-depth expertise to bear on the creation of tailored, comprehensive risk management programs for vessels and terminals, with a special emphasis on LNG and LPG carriers, oil and product tankers and the cruise and passenger ship industry," said Hart Group CEO Richard Bethell.

Hart Group Limited, founded by Bethell and specializing in global marine risk management, has more than 30 years of experience in security audits and systems to combat global anti-terrorism threats to petroleum operations in Colombia, Peru, Venezuela, Angola, Zaire, Algeria, Nigeria, Russia, and Kazakhstan.

Tufton Oceanic Limited is a merchant banker devoted to shipping and oil services for the past 25 years. It has participation in a variety of vessels and oil industry units, acting as financial advisor and partner. One of the company's specialty areas is the cruise industry. The Tufton Oceanic Group acts on behalf of numerous institutions to optimize solutions to maritime problems, and is associated with a leading ship management company.

Energy Transportation Group develops and operates LPG and LNG infrastructure in emerging economies in Asia, Europe, and the Americas. During the past twenty-five years, ETG developed and operated the Indonesia-to-Japan trades, and worked with government agencies to create pioneering LNG security protocols. It delivered the most LNG shipped worldwide by a single fleet, representing 17 percent of the world's LNG cargoes.

GMSS says it will "offer the widest possible array of integrated, comprehensive security-related services covering threat assessment, political analysis, and action procedures."

Boston LNG shipments resume
The Coast Guard and its partners are preparing for a Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) shipment to Everett, Mass., this week, after a federal judge determined the shipment can continue. The Coast Guard has reviewed all risks associated with LNG transits and has developed a plan to address those risks.

This plan was developed in consultation with all members of a unified command created after Sept. 11 to address port security issues such as LNG transits and consists of personnel from various Coast Guard commands, including the Captain of the Port, and representatives from the Department of Energy, the Massachusetts Emergency Management Administration, the fire and police departments from the cities of Boston and Everett, Distrigas and various other key players involved in these security and safety plans.

Due to operational and port security concerns, the Coast Guard will not discuss the specific security procedures that will be in place when the LNG shipments transit through Boston Harbor.

Suicide bombers attack Sri Lankha tanker
Residents of Sri Lanka's Jaffna peninsula will soon face an energy crisis following a suicide bomber attack on a small tanker earlier this week.

The attack took place Tuesday evening and, according to regional press reports, involved five boats, one of which was filled with explosives and used to ram the tanker Silk Pride, which was carrying 225 tons of low-sulfur diesel, 160 tons of kerosene and 275 tons of automotive diesel fuel.

Three of the tankers crew were killed in a major fire that followed the ramming; the other 25 were rescued by navy craft. The fire was extinguished and the tanker towed to a port in the Jaffna peninsular.

The separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam claimed responsibility and said that four suicide bombers, including two women, had died.

The BBC says that the attack follows a September attempt to use suicide bombers to attack a ship carrying 1,200 government soldiers to the Jaffna peninsular. That attack was repulsed. The rebels admitted losing five suicide bombers.

The environmental impact of this latest attack has yet to be assessed and it's unclear whether the objective of the attack was eco-terrorism or economic terrorism.

According to the Sri Lanka Daily News, the civilian population of the Jaffna peninsula is entirely dependent for its fuel on shipments made two to three times a month by the Ceylon Petroleum Corporation. It is one of these shipments that was attacked.

The fuel is used for both transporatation and lighting.