Abeille Liberté

Abeille Liberté
The Abeille Liberté arriving at Cherbourg
Owner: GIE Abeille Bourbon, Marseilles, France (Groupe Bourbon)
Operator: Les Abeilles International, Le Havre, France (Groupe Bourbon)
Builder: Myklebust Verft AS, Gursken, Norway
Yard number: 40
Christened: Annie Blanchet, 17 November 2005
Homeport: Cherbourg, 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, 1,811 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 19.9 knots (36.9 km/h; 22.9 mph)
Crew: 12
Notes: [1][2][3][4]

The Abeille Liberté is an emergency tow vessel (salvage tug) based in Cherbourg, France. It is a sister ship of Abeille Bourbon.

It was built at the Myklebust Verft shipyard in Gursken, Norway, which is part of the Kleven Maritime group. It was delivered in October 2005 and officially inaugurated on 17 November 2005.

Abeille Liberté 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 the English Channel and North Sea at any time.

Notable operations

It was one of two French tugs called upon to tow the damaged container ship MSC Napoli in January 2007.[5]


  1. "Abielle Liberté" (PDF). Kleven Maritime AS. 2005. Retrieved 6 May 2014.
  2. "Naming of the Abeille Liberté, an exceptional vessel in the service of maritime security". Bourbon Online. 18 November 2005. Retrieved 5 June 2011.
  3. "Abeille Liberté". Bourbon Online. Retrieved 6 May 2014.
  4. "Cherbourg: L'Abeille Liberté baptisée à la Cité de la Mer". Mer et Marine (in French). 17 November 2005. Retrieved 6 May 2014.
  5. "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.

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