Elcome International, one of the largest providers of maritime systems integration, installation and on-board services worldwide, today announced the establishment of its first service centre in Europe.
Based in Sevilla, Spain, the new Elcome service centre will offer shipboard navigation and communication systems, satellite connectivity solutions and coastal surveillance solutions with an experienced service team of engineers and technicians.
The company will also provide the Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS) annual radio surveys, annual testing of the Automatic Identification System (AIS), annual performance tests of Voyage Data Recorders (VDR) and Simplified Voyage Data Recorders (S-VDR), gyrocompass overhauls, repairs, installations and other services on-board and at ports in Europe and North Africa.
The new office in Europe marks a major strategic move by the Dubai-based marine technology company, complementing its existing network of 21 sales and service offices stretching from Suez to Singapore, according to Jimmy Grewal, Executive Director of Elcome.
“A presence in Europe will enable us to provide service for the first time from a location in the Mediterranean and will strongly reinforce our position as a reliable solutions and service provider with a global presence,” Grewal said. “The Spanish base will serve as a springboard to expand our service footprint to major ports in Europe, West Africa, the Mediterranean and the Strait of Gibraltar. The shipping industry has been central to our success over the past 50 years, and our clients include some of the largest tanker operators and container carriers in the world with active fleet service agreements with us. Our new European office will enable us to extend the scope of annual maintenance agreements into Europe backed by our strong global reputation.”
Elcome has appointed a seasoned industry veteran, Francisco Rufo, to head the office in Spain, bringing with him a wealth of maritime industry knowledge and project management experience. “From our new base in Sevilla, we are well positioned with a multi-disciplinary team to provide a comprehensive package of bridge solutions, installation, commissioning and shipboard services for our clients in the EU region,” Rufo said. -- Tradearabia News Service