The Emergency Towing Vessel (ETV) ABEILLE LANGUEDOC and its sister-ship the ABEILLE FLANDRE, were built in the Norwegian shipyard of Ustein and designed by the architect Sigmund Borgundvaag.
Launched in 1978 under the name of NEPTUN GOTHIA, she was bought by Les Abeilles International, in 1979, to ensure the service of the rescue station of Cherbourg.
In charge of the safety of Casquet TSS, she carried out the towing of the stern part of the TANIO wreck in 1980 and many operations in the vicinity of the Raz Blanchard.
Replaced in 2005 in Cherbourg by the ABEILLE LIBERTE, she was at first based in La Rochelle and then in Boulogne-sur-mer. Since 2011, she has been assisting ships in difficulty in the Dover Strait and, for the past few years, she has been carrying out a new mission : assisting castaways attempting to cross the English Channel on small dinghies.
June, 2021, dry docking in Dunkerque : The video
Salvage and towing operations
Search and rescue
Escorts of hampered ships
Castaways assistance – specific area