A boat to be proud of : the Abeille Bourbon.

15 Jun

1002722_187744091385014_1582625134_n-1At the beginning of this project we went beach cleaning to do our best to help getting rid of the macro-waste left by people on beaches and we learned that most of the pollution comes from the land and human activities. Rubbish is carried on to the sea by rivers, streams, brooks and rain.

We know that the sea is at risk too because of the boats cruising our shores. These vessels are huge and carry very dangerous products with  toxic chemical elements, thousands of boxes with all sorts of goods, radioactive waste and oil .

In 1978, there was an enormous oil spill on our coast. One too many, and that one was so dreadful that everybody kept it in mind.  The Amoco Cadiz oil spill traumatized  people over here, and  our maritime environment was deeply, deeply hurt.

You must know that 150 boats a day  enter the Channel, next to where we live. The tugboat we visited  is there to help the monstruous vessels in case they get into trouble; The sailors on board are on watch 365 days a year, 24 hours out of 24 hours.

On friday morning ( june 14th, 2013),   we  went on board and met her crew, starting with the Tug Master Charles Claden on the bridge watch.


After meeting Captain Claden, we went down to the engine room. Jean-Paul Hellequin, our “private” guide,  showed us the four engines which can develop 24.000 horsepower when needed.


 We also went into the kitchen, a strategic place to keep the crew’s morale at its highest 😉

Victor was very hungry and found out the cook was preparing fresh crab to eat with mayonnaise , sea bream ( a delicious fish) and we all saw nice chocolate cakes 😉 😉


Then,  we went out to have a look at the cables used to tow boats in trouble at sea.

Wow! The size of the cable ! Mr Delaunay, in charge, showed us the cables and how they do to throw the tow to the vessels at risk.



A message to the crew of this great tugboat and to Mr Jean Paul Hellequin. 

Thank you very much for that lovely visit and the great, great welcome we had on board. We were very impressed by your kind willingness to share your experience with us. You are our “rock stars” as someone said during the visit 😉

Thank you Captain Claden for your specific dedication to our blog.


Team France.

Have a look at the video, to the end 😉 It is in French but you can understand it .


Posted by on June 15, 2013 in Being eco-friendly, France


20 responses to “A boat to be proud of : the Abeille Bourbon.

  1. MrsU

    June 15, 2013 at 8:37 pm

    What a marvellous excursion! Living in the centre of Europe, we don’t often have the chance to visit such kind of ships 😉 Thanks for sharing this great experience with us and providing us with all the interesting information about your sea. We would have loved to join you. 🙂

  2. marika57

    June 15, 2013 at 9:08 pm

    Great experience!!!

  3. Yoann 6D France

    June 16, 2013 at 8:39 am

    i love the Abeille Bourbon 😉 A great, great boat. I am very impressed.

  4. Martin-6emeB

    June 16, 2013 at 6:24 pm

    ” Bee” Bourbon is big, and I like it.

  5. Marie-France

    June 16, 2013 at 7:05 pm

    @ Mrs U and team: maybe one day your footsteps will take you to the western part of Europe. The boat will hopefully be there 😉

  6. Victor G 6ème B France

    June 17, 2013 at 1:37 pm

    This boat is truly a living legend . Later I want to become a tug master like Captain Claden.

  7. Julie-France 6D

    June 17, 2013 at 3:35 pm

    The Abeille Bourbon is a very beautiful boat! 🙂

  8. Axelle 6eB France

    June 17, 2013 at 3:51 pm

    It is a very nice and very impressive boat. Wow!

  9. heloise 6eD France

    June 17, 2013 at 3:52 pm

    This is a very impressive boat! I loved visiting this tug.

  10. Martin-France6èmeB

    June 17, 2013 at 3:58 pm

    This boat is amazing because it can tow the Marco Polo,a huge container ship. Have a look at the video.

  11. Simon 6ed france

    June 17, 2013 at 4:06 pm

    It’s a super boat

  12. Hugo France 6B

    June 17, 2013 at 4:42 pm

    Such a powerful tugboat! Wow! A great welcome on board 🙂

  13. Bleuenn 6D France

    June 17, 2013 at 4:47 pm

    Visiting the Abeille Bourbon was so great because I Learned lots of things I did not know.
    It’s really an impressive tugboat and such a small boat can tow container weighing thousands of tons.

  14. Theo 6ème D -France

    June 17, 2013 at 4:53 pm

    It was a very very good visit and it’s a great boat .

  15. Marine - France 6 B

    June 17, 2013 at 5:22 pm

    The visit of the Abeille Bourbon was really fantastic. We met the captain on the bridge watch (there were many buttons, it was amazing!)

  16. MrsU

    June 17, 2013 at 6:01 pm

    Thanks for the link, Martin. Very impressive.

  17. Giovanna

    June 17, 2013 at 7:34 pm

    It’s definitely impressive to see how such a big cargo boat can be dragged by a much smaller one, so powerful, though, and masterfully conducted of course! … almost felt the sea wind 😉

  18. MrsU

    June 18, 2013 at 8:15 am

    Looking at the tug master writing a dedication on the poster, it comes to my mind that our project has come quite a long way…10 months ago the Pooh Corner team sent us best wishes for our encounters across the miles. 🙂 From a little teddy bear to the Bernard of the Sea…what a journey 🙂

  19. Dorine-6eD

    June 18, 2013 at 3:50 pm

    We are very beautiful 😀

  20. Team Germany

    June 25, 2013 at 6:17 pm

    Today is the International Day of the Seafarer. So let’s wish seamen everywhere safe sailing 🙂


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