MS Celtic Star

Celtic Star is a roll-on/roll-off ferry owned and operated by Seatruck Ferries on the LiverpoolDublin route.

"Celtic Star" entering Dublin 25-1-08
  • Ippotis (2010 – present)
  • Celtic Star (2006–2010)
  • Northern Star (2002–2006)
  • Celtic Star (1999–2002)
  • Loon-Plage (1998–1999)
  • Ioalaos (1998)
  • Kosei Maru (1991–1998)[1]
  • Eptanisos Maritime (1998 – present)
  • Kanko Kisen KK (1991–1998)[1]
Port of registry:
Builder: Kanda Zosencho K.K., Kawajiri, Japan [1]
Yard number: 337 [1]
Launched: 1 August 1991 [1]
General characteristics
Tonnage: 11,086 tonnes
Length: 136 m (446 ft 2 in)
Beam: 20.50 m (67 ft 3 in)
Draught: 6.70 m (22 ft 0 in)
Installed power: 13,240 kilowatts (17,760 hp)
Propulsion: 2 x Pielstick diesel engines
Speed: 20.8 kt [1]
Capacity: 12 passengers,[1] 53 trailers


Celtic Star was launched in 1991 as the Kosei Maru for Kanko Kisen KK. She was sold to Strintzis Lines and renamed Ioalaos in 1998 and later that year renamed Loon-Plage and sold to East Coast Ferries. In 1999 she was sold to DFDS Tor Line, renamed Celtic Star and put into service on the RotterdamImmingham route. She was sold to P&O Irish Sea Lines In April that year for service on the LiverpoolDublin route. Celtic Star was reflagged to Cyprus in May 1999. She was renamed Northern Star in 2002 and transferred to the LarneLiverpool route, being sold to Dart Line in 2003 for service on the DartfordVlissingen route and sold to CoTuNav Tunisian Ferries in 2004 for service on the TunisLivorno route. She was sold to Celtic Link Ferries in 2006 and renamed Celtic Star. She was used on the DublinLiverpool route before being acquired by Seatruck Ferries in 2007, remaining on the DublinLiverpool route.[1][2] In 2008, Celtic Star was chartered to P&O Irish Sea, remaining on the Liverpool–Dublin route.[1]


Shortly after entering service with East Coast, Celtic Star ran aground.[3]

On 30 November 2006, eight trailers were washed overboard on a crossing from Dublin to Liverpool.[4][5]

On 1 February 2010, Celtic Star came into contact with a buoy in the Mersey estuary.[6]


  1. "M/F Celtic Star". The Ferry Site. Retrieved 23 March 2008.
  2. "Celtic Link Ferries". Irish Ferries Enthusiasts. Archived from the original on 7 April 2005. Retrieved 23 March 2008.
  3. "Northern Star". Larne Ferryweb. Archived from the original on 16 August 2007. Retrieved 24 March 2008.
  4. "Getting Places – Ro Ro Ferries". Hyland. Retrieved 23 March 2008.
  5. "Celtic Star – A Rough Crossing?!". Merseyshipping. Archived from the original on 20 November 2008. Retrieved 23 March 2008.
  6. "Current investigations". Marine Accident Investigation Branch. Retrieved 6 February 2010.
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