ABEILLE FLANDRE (ARS) class Weapon Systems // Ships // Auxiliary

Country of Origin: France

These are among the world's most powerful tugs. The bollard pull of the ships is 160 tons. A bollard pull of 170 tons has been demonstrated in short tests. Both were refitted in 2005. They are classified as remorqueurs d'intervention en haute mer (RIHM) (intervention tugs on the high seas) in French service. Both ships are on long-term charter from Abeilles International, a division of Group Bourbon. The vessels were first placed under charter on Dec. 14, 1979, after...


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