In line with its Horizon 2010
strategic plan, Bourbon is expanding the power of its harbor tug fleet
anticipating international growth by ordering 12 tugs, including a series
of 8 vessels from the Piriou shipyards in Concarneau (France) and 4 from
the Damen shipyards in China.
- An investment scheduled in the Horizon 2010 strategic plan
With this order for 12 vessels, BOURBON is investing 60 million euros
and continues to modernize the Les Abeilles fleet operating in major French
and international ports.
This new order brings to 16 the total number of vessels to be delivered
to Les Abeilles. The last order of this magnitude for Les Abeilles was
placed in 1998 for the construction of 14 tugs.
This development strategy is in line with the Bourbon Horizon 2010
plan, which provides for an investment of 100 million euros in the Towage &
by 2010 and foresees annual revenue growth of 4% for this
- 8 new, more powerful tugs to upgrade the Les Abeilles fleet in the
major French ports
Satisfied with the technical and operational specifications of the
Abeille Barfleur and Croisic, tugs built by the Piriou shipyards and based
at Le Havre and Nantes-Saint Nazaire respectively, Bourbon made the choice
to order the same type of tugs from the same yards on the basis of custom
technical specifications, which were modified to boost the power and add
Measuring 30 m long and 10 m wide, the more compact template for this
series contributes to better maneuverability enabling greater operational
These tugs, equipped with Azimutal Stern Drive propulsion and a new
design, offer 15% more bollard pull capacity than earlier models, raising
capacity from 57 to 65 tons. This choice is an effective response to the
changes in towage operations
resulting from an increase in the size and
tonnage of the vessels towed. The 8 new tugs will
also be equipped with
Deliveries are scheduled between October 2007 and the end of 2008.
- 4 new tugs to accelerate international growth in towage and
The 4 tugs being built by the Chinese subsidiary of the Damen shipyards
are designed to contribute to the international expansion of the towage and
These are 4 standards vessels, 28 m long and 10 m wide, which have a
bollard pull capacity of 58.5 tons and are equipped with Azimutal Stern
Drive propulsion and fire-fighting capacity.
This order, which is identical to the order placed with Damen in 2005
for the Tangier-Mediterranean contract, optimizes the benefits of the
Moreover, by deciding to order a proven product, Les Abeilles ensures
that it is expanding its fleet with quality tugs, recognized and
appreciated by clients. The 4 tugs will be delivered from November 2007
until July 2008.