The 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.