In the port of Rotterdam, 300 harmful aerosols were intercepted by the Environment and Transport Inspectorate (ILT). The aerosols were filled with the liquid gas heptafluoropropane. This gas is very harmful to the environment and prohibited in Europe. The intercepted party is just as harmful to the climate as the emissions from 650 return flights from Schiphol to Paris, says the ILT.
Heptafluoropropane is used as propellant in so-called freeze spray to cool surfaces very quickly. Among other things, it can be used to locate faults and defects in electronic equipment, says the ILT. In larger bottles, it is also used in the medical world and to protect data centres.
The batch of spray cans came from China and was on its way to Germany. The aerosols were discovered at a company that had previously been fingerprinted by the ILT for shipping prohibited refrigerants.
In addition to the aerosols, other hazardous substances were also found in the shipment. These included tubes of glue containing a prohibited amount of toluene, a substance that can lead to reduced fertility and abnormalities in the development of an embryo or fetus. The intercepted hazardous substances were destroyed.