The Emergency Towing Vessel (ETV), ABEILLE FLANDRE and its sister-ship, the ABEILLE LANGUEDOC, were built in the Norwegian shipyard of Ulstein and designed by the architect Sigmund Borgundvaag. They carry the n°UT507.
Launched in 1978 under the name of NEPTUN SUECIA, she was bought by Les Abeilles International, in 1979 to ensure the service of the salvage station of Brest.
In charge of the safety of Brittany coastline and Ussant TSS, she carried out the towing of the stern of the ERIKA wreck in 1999, and also many less publicized but equally difficult operations.
Salvage and towing operations
Search and rescue
Escorts of hampered ships
Navy helidrop platform
Firing fighting operations (FIFI 2)