Abeille Bourbon is a high seas
emergency tow vessel (salvage tug), 80 metres (260 ft) 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. She was
commissioned to replace the older Abeille Flandre, which was
reassigned to the French Mediterranean coast.
Abeille Bourbon is a sister ship of Abeille Liberté. Abeille means
bee in French. Tow vessels are traditionally named according to
their activities around the ships they assist; in this case, like a
bee around a flower.