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