Key figures :
116 sailors and 9 sedentary personnel
On-site mobilisation of a Salvage Master < 6 hours
Retention rate for all employees combined: 0.97
Average tenure > 10 years
To carry out assistance, salvage and towing operations on high seas, the company relies on experienced and continuously trained teams. The history of Les Abeilles International is based on men who have developed a unique know-how, driven by strong values like cohesion, boldness and reactivity.
Whether on board, at our headquarters in Le Havre, or working on a shipwreck, we form teams united around a common goal : to complete the mission in the best possible safety conditions.
At Les Abeilles International, the recruitment policy has always favoured a mix of professional backgrounds. Whether from the world of fishing, oil transport, off-shore, passenger ship, the French Navy, sailing or even container ship, each of us has come from a different background. The ship’s management staff come from the multi-skilled sector of the National Merchant Marine schools.
This diversity of backgrounds and initial training enables us to provide an appropriate response to each mission.
Onboard Teams :
On each Salvage Tug, the crew is composed of 12 people whose roles on board are complementary. The sailors are embarked 24 hours a day for periods of approximately one month. Two teams take turns every month in order to ensure a watch 365 days a year. This permanent standby of the personnel guarantees the total availability of the tug and very short departure times: the RIAS are always able to leave in less than 40 minutes.
Les Abeilles have been boarded from father to son. Since its creation in 1864 and until today, several generations from the same families have participated in the construction of the company
Strong ongoing training
The transmission of knowledge and the variety of professional experience of the seamen is one of the keys of Les Abeilles’ know-how. Our youngest crew members are trained on board during their periods of embarkation in contact with the most senior and experienced ones.
We also provide internal training courses through our rescue department, in our headquarters in Le Havre or on a salvage site. These enable us to go deeper and with details into the analysis of certain subjects. We attach a great value to the feedback of the other salvage actors or companies about the past operations.
There is no training centre for salvage and assistance towing. This very special profession is learned by doing, but thanks to digital technological tools we can now train on ultra-modern manoeuvre simulators.
The salvage team :
The salvage team is in charge of carrying out operations, making ships safe or refloating them, cutting up or removing wrecks. The captain who leads the ship is an experienced man. In addition to his nautical knowledge, he is capable of driving assistance operations and carrying them out to the end. This function has a name: the Salvage Master.
The Salvage Master is the person in charge on site. He is in charge of the legal, financial, technical, human and nautical aspects of operations. Above all, he has a duty to maintain the safety of people involved and to the prevention of pollution. Among the most experienced, our two Senior Salvage Masters have received specific training in Holland from our partner SMIT salvage.
He is assisted in his task by several people with complementary functions. Technicians, divers, engineers, electricians… All of them are volunteer seamen who take time off work to contribute to operations that sometimes last several weeks.
During each operation in the field, coordination is carried out by the teams at headquarters, without whom nothing would be possible.