The Abeille Bourbon in Brest
|Owner:||GIE Abeille Bourbon, Marseilles, France (Groupe Bourbon)|
|Operator:||Les Abeilles International, Le Havre, France (Groupe Bourbon)|
|Builder:||Myklebust Verft AS, Norway|
|Sponsored by:||Jacques de Chateauvieux|
|Christened:||Bernadette Chirac, 13 April 2005|
|Type:||Rolls-Royce Marine "UT 515" - Multi Purpose Salvage Tug / Coast Guard and Stand By Safety Vessel|
|Propulsion:||Main engine - 4 x 4 000 kW/600 rpm
Auxiliary engine - 3 x 615 kW/1500 rpm
Tunnel thruster, bow - 2 x 883 kW
Tunnel thruster, stern - 2 x 515 kW
|Speed:||approx 19.8 knots (36.7 km/h)|
The Abeille Bourbon is a high seas emergency tow vessel (salvage tug), 80 metres long with a tractive power of 200 tonnes-force (2.0 MN), a crew of 12, designed by Norwegian naval architect Sigmund Borgundvåg. It was baptised by Bernadette Chirac on 13 April 2005 in the presence of its sponsor Jacques de Chateauvieux. It is based in Brest, France.
Abeille Bourbon is owned by Abeilles International, a unit of Groupe Bourbon. The crew is made up of sailors of the merchant marine. It is chartered to the French government and can be called upon by the Maritime Prefect of Brest at any time.
- Towing Rokia Delmas in October 2006.
- Towing MSC Napoli in January 2007.
- Towing YM Uranus in October 2010.
- "ABEILLE BOURBON". Kleven Maritime AS. Retrieved 5 June 2011.
- "Le porte-conteneurs MSC Napoli remorqué à Lyme Bay par les Abeilles Bourbon et Liberté", Mer et Marine 19 January 2007 (French)
- "Fuel tanker in trouble in English Channel". BBC News Online. 8 October 2010. Archived from the original on 9 October 2010. Retrieved 8 October 2010.
- (French) Jacques Carney, L'Abeille Bourbon relève l'Abeille Flandre, in Navires et Marine marchande hors-série Sauvetage en mer, September 2005.
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