The French coastline is protected by 4 Emergency Towing Vessels (ETV) tugs operated by Les Abeilles and by 3 offshore support vessels.

The Abeille Bourbon Copyright Marine nationale
  • The Abeille Bourbon, assistance, salvage, and pollution remediation tug
  • The Abeille Bourbon, assistance, salvage, and pollution remediation tug
  • The Abeille Bourbon, assistance, salvage, and pollution remediation tug
  • The Abeille Bourbon, assistance, salvage, and pollution remediation tug
  • The Abeille Bourbon, assistance, salvage, and pollution remediation tug

BOURBON has a dedicated fleet allowing it to perform the following tasks:

  • protecting 3,120 km of French coasts
  • preventing wreckages
  • assistance and salvage of vessels in distress
  • fighting against oil pollution

5 assistance and salvage tugs

Including 4 Emergency Towing Vessels (ETV):

  • the Abeille Bourbon (Brest)
  • the Abeille Liberté (Cherbourg)
  • the Abeille Languedoc (Boulogne-sur-Mer)
  • the Abeille Flandre (Toulon)

And 1 Chartered Salvage and Assistance Tug (BSAA "Bâtiment d'Assistance Affrété"):

  • the Jason (Toulon)

 

2 offshore support vessels

2 other Chartered Salvage and Assistance Tugs (BSAA) vessels accompany Les Abeilles fleet in its coastline protection mission:

  • The Argonaute (Brest)
  • The Ailette (Toulon)

 

Advanced equipment

To carry out their coastline protection mission, our crews train on vessels equipped with the latest pollution control technology:

  • dispersant tanks
  • pumps
  • booms
  • etc.
The ABEILLE BOURBON AND the ABEILLE LIBERTE 

These two tugs are equipped for fire-fighting. Classified FiFi 2 (Fire-Fighting Class 2), they are equipped with fire cannons capable of discharging 8,400 m³ per hour more than 100 m with water curtains around the tug for protection.

 

Abeille Bourbon and Abeille Liberté - bollard pull 209 t

Datasheet (pdf)

Abeille Flandre and Abeille Languedoc - bollard pull 160 t

Datasheet (pdf)

Jason - bollard pull 126 t

Datasheet (pdf)

Bourbon behind the scenes