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The importance of competent advice on marine cleaning is often underestimated: Niels Juncker: a leader in marine cleaning sector

Mr Niels Juncker is general manager for sales and new business at Navadan, a global supplier of marine cleaning chemicals for tank and bulk vessels and of cleaning equipment. His responsibilities include operation, supervision, analysis of markets, process optimisation, procurement and project management.  Navadan is based at Karlslunde, Denmark. 

Mr Juncker said: “The importance of competent advice on marine cleaning is often underestimated. The vessel operator has many daily tasks and marine cleaning is an area where experts must be consulted. The major risks that shipowners need to avoid are:

*Wrong chemicals or insufficient guidelines – bringing huge risk for crew during handling, risk of environmental pollution, extra cost for additional use of chemicals and finally a vessel which will not be approved for the next cargo in time.

*Insufficient personal protective equipment or wrong labels – crew must follow all instructions from suppliers. A trusted supplier will always guarantee that safety data sheet and labels are correct compared to the delivered chemicals.

*Delays in delivery – the shipowner needs to calculate the risk of delay when doing business with the chemical supplier.

*Damage to vessel – a cleaning chemical must be balanced in being effective against cargo residues yet avoid damage to a ship’s coating or paint. Navadan has worked hard to solve this issue and received approval from all major manufacturers of coating.”

He warned that certain chemicals developed 20 years ago were still on market and said that the more responsible shipowners pay a little extra to ensure that cleaning chemicals do not harm our environment and – even more important – do not present a risk to crew during use. 

He emphasised that correct equipment is more important than ever before. Many ship owners realize that cheapest equipment when breaks down prove most expensive solution when equipment breaks down..

Mr Juncker summarised: “Navadan has more than 25 years of expertise which every day saves our customers from many problems and – finally – costs. For instance, we come across (less serious) suppliers, where products are not handled and documented correctly, which endangers the safety of crew and other handlers. And as for equipment , he said . Navadan devotes almost 50 % of our profit towards developing our product line, because we see great potential when we strengthen our customers’ position in their market through good advice and expertly updated solutions.”

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