Bowarege barge

Elcome Supplies Electrical Distribution and Automation System for Water Desalination Barge in Saudi Arabia

DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – Sept. 9, 2014 – Elcome International, the leading marine solutions provider and system integrator in the Middle East and one of the largest marine technology suppliers in the world, recently completed replacement and upgrade of a 15 MW electrical distribution and automation system on a water desalination barge.

The vessel, Bowarege 2, is a rapidly deployable barge-mounted reverse-osmosis desalination plant owned and operated by International Barges Company (IBC) for water desalination in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Built in 2008, Bowarege 2 has capacity to produce 25,000 cubic meters of potable water per day. A major fire ripped through the barge and totally destroyed the barge’s accommodation block (which housed the switchgear room) and three of the nine genset containers. Goltens Co. Ltd., Dubai Branch was awarded the contract by IBC and the underwriters, Laveratus, to demolish the existing accommodation and redesign, build and install a new accommodation block and renew the electrical installation, due to its trusted reputation in completing major projects. Elcome International was selected by Goltens to undertake the redesign, rebuild and supply of the electrical switchgear and intelligent motor control center.

The scope of equipment supplied for the project included 37 variable frequency drives, ranging from 5.5 to 500 kW, two 90 kW soft starters, numerous auxiliary starters, system cabling and other components. The plant is completely automated using programmable logic control hardware integrating 10,976 input/output terminations.

“The Bowarege 2 project showcases Elcome’s full range of technical expertise and system integration capabilities in a complex electrical distribution and plant automation solution,” said Jimmy Grewal, executive director of Elcome International. “We completed the job, including design, manufacture, installation, integration and commissioning of the electrical switchboards in a very short time, ensuring minimal downtime for the vessel. We look forward to working further with Goltens in the future on similar projects.”

Elcome provides a full range of marine electrical switchboards and power management systems under the ELSYS brand name. The modular systems are designed and manufactured in a modern switchboard production facility in Dubai and are approved by all major classification societies for marine and offshore applications.

Elcome will be exhibiting on Stand B6/119 at SMM 2014. Jimmy Grewal will be available for meetings with the media during the show. Journalists interested in scheduling a meeting should contact Jim Rhodes at +1.757.451.0602 (office), +1.757.753.1238 (mobile) or


Based in Dubai, Elcome International LLC is a diversified supplier of turnkey solutions for marine electronics, electrical and safety systems for the world maritime industry. Founded in 1969, Elcome is headquartered in a modern 100,000 sq. ft. facility in Dubai, with offices in United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, and Saudi Arabia, as well as a subsidiary and associated companies in India. The Elcome Group (including associated companies) has over 500 employees across the Middle East and India, including over 100 factory-trained engineers and technicians. The company is certified to ISO 9001:2008, ISO 14001:2004 and CHS 18001:2007 by DnV. Elcome is the authorized sales and service representative for many of the world’s major manufacturers of marine products and systems, and manufactures its own line of type-approved marine electrical switchboards under the ELSYS brand name. The company provides shipboard installation and service for navigation, communication, automation, maneuvering and safety systems, with 24/7 flyaway service. Elcome services over 600 vessels per month in the Arabian Gulf alone, with a first time fix rate of 96 percent. In addition, Elcome is the region’s largest supplier of nautical charts and publications, both print and digital, and operates a modern training center and bridge simulator under a joint venture with Maersk Training. Elcome was ranked 5th in the Dubai SME100 for 2013.


Held every two years in Hamburg, Germany, SMM is the world’s largest trade fair for the maritime industry covering 11 exhibit halls totaling 90,000 m². SMM attracts over 2,100 exhibitors from 67 countries, and 50,000 visitors from all over the world.


Dani Gorgon
Elcome International LLC
+971 (0) 4 8121333

Jim Rhodes
Rhodes Communications, Inc.
+1 (757) 451-0602