The "Abeille Flandre"

Published on 18 February 2008
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The high seas tug, the “Abeille Flandre”, belongs to the company “Abeilles International”, which is a subsidiary of the Bourbon Group specialising in rescue and assistance at sea.

Upon instructions by the Marine Prefect, it is entrusted with assistance missions on the Breton coasts.

The C.O.M. (Centre d’OpĂ©rations Maritimes - Marine Operations Centre), responsible to the Marine Prefect, puts the tug on alert when wind speeds exceed 25 knots per hour at Ouessant.

The “Abeille Flandre” then leaves the port of Brest to locate itself; either at its anchorage in the Bay of Camaret, or that of Stiff, on the eastern tip of the Ile de Ouessant. This latter anchorage allows it to intervene in a very short space of time to assist vessels in difficulty in the rail or at sea off Ouessant, if necessary.

The tug can also intervene in a preventative role under instructions from the Marine Prefect. It carries out its tasks in total collaboration with the Corsen CROSS (Regional Operational Surveillance and Rescue Centre), which gives it the necessary guidance.

Two teams, one commanded by Charles CLADEN, and the other by Nicolas SELER, are in constant relay on the tug. Their intervention, often in very difficult conditions, has meant that many disasters have been averted.