MS Celtic Star

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Name: Celtic Star (2006-2008)
Northern Star (2002-2006)
Celtic Star (1999-2002)
Loon-Plage (1998-1999)
Ioalaos (1998)
Kosei Maru (1991-1998)[1]
Owner: Eptanisos Maritime (1998-Present)
Kanko Kisen KK (1991-1998)[1]
Operator: P&O Irish Sea (2008-Present)
Seatruck Ferries (2007-2008)
Celtic Link Ferries (2006-2007)
CoTuNav (2004-2006)
Dart Line (2003-2004)
P&O Irish Sea (1999-2003)
DFDS Tor Line (1999)
East Coast Ferries (1998-1999)
Kanko Kisen KK (1991-1998) [1]
Port of registry:  Japan (1991-1999)
Limassol,  Cyprus (1999-Present)[1]
Builder: Kanda Zosencho K.K., Kawajiri, Japan [1]
Yard number: 337 [1]
Launched: 1 August 1991 [1]
Identification: IMO number: 9009633[1]
Callsign P3CUB
General characteristics
Tonnage: 11,086 tonnes
Length: 136 metres (446 ft 2 in)
Beam: 20.50 metres (67 ft 3 in)
Draught: 6.70 metres (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 is a roll-on/roll-off ferry owned and operated by Seatruck Ferries on the Liverpool - Dublin route.


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 Rotterdam - Immingham route. She was sold to P&O Irish Sea Lines In April that year for service on the Liverpool - Dublin route. Celtic Star was reflagged to Cyprus in May 1999. She was renamed Northern Star in 2002 and transferred to the Larne - Liverpool route, being sold to Dart Line in 2003 for service on the Dartford - Vlissingen route and sold to CoTuNav Tunisian Ferries in 2004 for service on the Tunis - Livorno route. She was sold to Celtic Link Ferries in 2006 and renamed Celtic Star. She was used on the Dublin - Liverpool route before being acquired by Seatruck Ferries in 2007, remaining on the Dublin - Liverpool 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]