Evidence suggests substitute refrigerant led to reefer explosions

Vietnam: A counterfeit refrigerant containing methyl chloride is the most likely cause of the explosions in the reefer containers that killed three men who were carrying out maintenance and repairs, according to an article in Lloyds List.

Two men died in Vietnam and one in Brazil as a result of the explosions. Maersk Line and CMA CGM grounded their reefer boxes following the incidents.

Consultants Cambridge Refrigeration Technology, which is helping Maersk Line with its investigation, said material recovered from the exploded units had been analysed and evidence pointed to a counterfeit refrigerant being to blame for the explosions.