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Jan De Nul shares experience with radioactivity in Argentinian council

Did you know that our hopper and cutter dredgers have radioactive sources on board? They measure the density to determine the productivity of the vessel. The maintenance of these sources requires a safe and controlled approach. QHSSE Advisor Benjamín Tenconi has built up expertise in working with radioactive sources in Argentina. In such a way that he is now invited to act as advisor in a governmental council.

Annual measurements, preparing and assisting visits and audits, or even carrying out replacements. When it comes to radioactive sources on board, Benjamín bears full responsibility. “In Argentina, it is mandatory to have a person responsible for the radioactive sources”, he says. “Otherwise, you don’t get your license to handle such sensitive materials. As a QHSSE Advisor, I was best placed to fulfil this role. I followed an intensive course to meet the necessary criteria and I’ve been exploring this interesting subject matter ever since.”

Recognition for hard work

Benjamín’s knowledge, personality and experience have now earned him a seat in the Advisory Council on Radioisotopes and Ionizing Radiation Applications (CAAR) in Argentina. Together with his colleagues, he will advise on regulation and legislation for industrial applications of radioactive sources. A recognition from the Argentinian authorities for the hard work Benjamín and Jan De Nul are performing.