OEWG 32 Side Event: Fake Refrigerants - “Should we worry?”
In 2011, Maersk Line informed the World Shipping Council’s Safe Transport of Containers Working Group three cases of explosion of unknown cause in in Asia and South America. Preliminary analysis appeared to confirm that these explosions were linked to contaminated gas in the cooling units. Further evidences seem to indicate that some contamination of refrigerant with methyl chloride (also known as R40), in cylinders marked as R134a, is to be blamed. In some cases, this “contamination” may be intentional and the result of someone selling counterfeit or fake refrigerant gas.
UNEP OzonAction CAP has been following cases globally of similar explosions since, and has disseminated “Issue Paper: Refrigerated Container (Reefer) Explosion” among National Ozone Units and National Customs Administration (through the World Customs Organization). The problem of contaminated refrigerants as appears to be a global issue of concern, and a wider range of stakeholders are possibly at risk. .
Monday, 23 July 2012, 13:15-14:15
Room: Meeting Room G
Venue: United Nations Convention Center, Bangkok, Thailand
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