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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 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.