Defective Reefer Containers out of Vietnam Exploding
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Four refrigerated containers that passed through Vietnam between April and October exploded at ports across the world, killing three workers. The containers, or “reefers”, which exploded in China, Brazil, and Vietnam, were likely repaired with contaminated coolant in the Port of Kat Lai. The most recent explosion on Oct. 7th sparked concern among port workers on the West Coast. Workers at the Port of Oakland refused to work on ships until they had a history of the ships that proved they did not pass through the Port of Kat Lai. Container carriers are isolating any reefers repaired in Vietnam in quarantine. Companies shipping refrigerated goods, including produce and seafood, from Vietnam should expect delays, as reefers are being quarantined and checked for safety at West Coast ports.