Abeille Bourbon

Abeille Bourbon
The Abeille Bourbon in Brest
Owner: GIE Abeille Bourbon, Marseille, France (Groupe Bourbon)
Operator: Les Abeilles International, Le Havre, France (Groupe Bourbon)
Builder: Myklebust Verft AS, Gursken, Norway
Yard number: 39
Sponsored by: Jacques de Chateauvieux
Christened: Bernadette Chirac, 13 April 2005
Homeport: Brest, France
Status: Active
General characteristics
Type: Rolls-Royce Marine "UT 515" - Multi Purpose Salvage Tug / Coast Guard and Stand By Safety Vessel
Tonnage: 3,249 GT, 974 NT, 1,813 DWT
Length: 80 m (262 ft)
Beam: 16.5 m (54 ft)
Draught: 6 m (20 ft)
  • Main engine: 4 × 4,000 kW (5,400 hp)
  • Auxiliary engine: 3 × 615 kW (825 hp)
  • Bow thruster: 2 × 883 kW (1,184 hp)
  • Stern thruster: 2 × 515 kW (691 hp)
Speed: approx 19.8 knots (36.7 km/h; 22.8 mph)
Crew: 12
Notes: [1][2]

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. She was christened by Bernadette Chirac on 13 April 2005 in the presence of sponsor Jacques de Chateauvieux. She is based in Brest, France.

Abeille Bourbon is owned by Abeilles International, a unit of Groupe Bourbon. She is chartered to the French government and can be called upon by the Maritime Prefect of Brest at any time.

The Abeille Liberté is a sister ship of Abeille Bourbon.

Notable operations



  1. "Abielle Bourbon" (PDF). Kleven Maritime AS. 2005. Retrieved 6 May 2014.
  2. "Abeille Bourbon". Bourbon Online. Retrieved 6 May 2014.
  3. "Le porte-conteneurs MSC Napoli remorqué à Lyme Bay par les Abeilles Bourbon et Liberté". Mer et Marine (in French). 19 January 2007. Retrieved 6 May 2014.
  4. "Fuel tanker in trouble in English Channel". BBC News. 8 October 2010. Archived from the original on 9 October 2010. Retrieved 8 October 2010.
  • Carney, Jacques (September 2005). "L'Abeille Bourbon relève l'Abeille Flandre". Navires et Marine marchande. Hors-série: Sauvetage en haute mer (in French). 

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