High Seas Salvage Tug in Very Bad Weather Rescue Mission

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Abeille Bourbon is a high seas salvage tug, 80 metres long with a tractive power of 200 tonnes, a crew of 12, designed by Norwegian naval architect Sigmund Borgundvaag.  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.

The Abeille Liberté is a sister ship of Abeille Bourbon.

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