Halloween may have passed, but things may still be going bump in the night. Or, perhaps, boom.
As reported by Fox News and other media outlets, some refrigerated containers that had been serviced at the Vietnamese port of Kat Lai exploded earlier this year, reportedly killing two mechanics in Vietnam and one in Brazil. Maersk Line alerted the World Shipping Council's Safe Transport of Containers Working Group that a few of its refrigeration units have exploded. Some reports trace the root cause to contaminated refrigerant introduced during servicing in Vietnam.
Two marine terminals at the Port of Oakland were shut on down on Halloween over concerns that refrigerated containers in the port that had been serviced in Vietnam might be at risk. The Oakland Tribune newspaper reports that the dockworkers' union forced the closure of the terminals for safety reasons.
So, if you were anywhere near a container yard on Halloween and heard something strange, it might not have been your imagination.