Ocean cargo movement of refrigerated containers curtailed due to explosions

The global supply chain of ocean containers is being held under scrutiny following a series of explosions linked to refrigerated boxes emanating from Vietnam.
By Patrick Burnson, Executive Editor
November 03, 2011 - LM Editorial

The global supply chain of ocean containers is being held under scrutiny following a series of explosions linked to refrigerated boxes emanating from Vietnam.

Maersk Line, which is part of the World Shipping Council’s Safe Transport of Containers Working Group, first brought attention to the fact that four reefers coming from Southeast Asia had exploded for no apparent reason. Three mechanics have been killed, causing dockworkers to cease discharging the boxes until the risk can be identified.

“North American-based shipping industry officials, in conjunction with governmental agencies including the United States Coast Guard, have conducted a comprehensive review to determine the source of the problem and isolate and repair at-risk containers,” said Jim McKenna, president of the Pacific Maritime Association, (PMA).

McKenna added that all indications point to maintenance work conducted on refrigerated units processed at the Port of Kat Lai in Vietnam. As a precaution, all refrigerated containers that were either transported through or originated in any port in Vietnam are being identified upon arrival at West Coast ports in the United States and those that have been worked on in Kat Lai isolated for special handling.

“The PMA is working with the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) locals along the coast on agreements that protect workers while keeping the ports operating. Already, an agreement at the nation’s largest port complex in Southern California is in place, and the PMA continues to work with locals at other ports, including Oakland, Seattle and Tacoma,” said McKenna. “Employee safety and well-being are our top concern.”



About the Author

image
Patrick Burnson
Executive Editor

Patrick Burnson is executive editor for Logistics Management and Supply Chain Management Review magazines and web sites. Patrick is a widely-published writer and editor who has spent most of his career covering international trade, global logistics, and supply chain management. He lives and works in San Francisco, providing readers with a Pacific Rim perspective on industry trends and forecasts. You can reach him directly at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).


Subscribe to Logistics Management magazine

Subscribe today. It's FREE!
Get timely insider information that you can use to better manage your
entire logistics operation.
Start your FREE subscription today!

Recent Entries

2014 was a very good year for the Port of New Orleans, and officials there are forecasting an even more robust cargo scenario in 2015.

Many material handling systems used today are beginning to show their age. What were once considered brand new systems are now deteriorating and fighting to stay current.

The Association of Asia Pacific Airlines (AAPA) reports that air cargo services ramped up again in February.

U.S. carloads were down 2.4 percent annually at 284,618, and intermodal volume was up 6.7 percent compared to the same week as last year at 277,854 trailers and containers.

About the Author

Patrick Burnson, Executive Editor
Patrick Burnson is executive editor for Logistics Management and Supply Chain Management Review. Patrick covers international trade, global logistics, and supply chain management. He lives and works in San Francisco, providing readers with a Pacific Rim perspective on industry trends and forecasts. Contact Patrick Burnson

Comments

Post a comment
Commenting is not available in this channel entry.


© Copyright 2015 Peerless Media LLC, a division of EH Publishing, Inc • 111 Speen Street, Ste 200, Framingham, MA 01701 USA