Ushant, at the tip of Brittany, is Cape Horn of Europe. The area of storms, crazy currents. The confluence of the ocean, the Atlantic, and a sea, the Channel, in which he comes to choke.
It is also the busiest sea route in the world: every day, 150 ships, 750,000 tons of oil circulate off the island.
We wanted to understand why, since twenty years since the sinking of the Amoco Cadiz, no major ecological and human catastrophe has occurred again. Because it is not the result of chance. For once, we organized ourselves. For once, a policy was decided and renewed. For once, men of various backgrounds (civilians, military, sailors, land) joined their skills.
The pivot of the system is a tug, The Bee Flanders, one of the most powerful in the world, capable of towing a tanker of 550,000 tons in load. If he had been there, if he had been chartered as he is today for a public service mission, the Amoco would never have sullied 200 kilometers of coastline.