Celtic Link Ferries

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Industry Passenger transportation
Freight transportation
Fate Merged into Stena's operations
Successor Stena Line
Founded 2005
Defunct 31 March 2014
Headquarters Rosslare, Ireland
Area served
Celtic Sea
Key people
Dennis O'Flaherty (Chairman)
Parent Stena Line
Website www.celticlinkferries.com
Celtic Horizon
Norman Voyager at Rosslare

Celtic Link Ferries was an Irish ferry company which used to operate a passenger and freight roll-on/roll-off service between Rosslare and Cherbourg. Celtic Link Ferries ceased operating in February 2014 with Stena Line taking over their route.


Celtic Link Ferries began operations in 2005 following the withdrawal of P&O Irish Sea from the Rosslare - Cherbourg route.[1] On 4 October 2009 Celtic Link Ferries chartered Norman Voyager from LD Lines.[2] On 19 November 2009 the Norman Voyager was detained in Portsmouth by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency when the crew failed a basic test of emergency procedures.[3] In December the same year the same vessel was involved in the rescue of three fishermen following the MV Alam Pintar and FV Etoile des Ondes collision. A report stated "Exemplary seamanship was demonstrated by the actions of the officers and crew of Norman Voyager in immediately reporting the flares to Jobourg MRCC and then proceeding, without question, to the assistance of the vessel in distress. The conduct of the rescue was safe, efficient and in the best traditions of the merchant navy."[4]

On 26 February 2014 it was announced that Stena Line would acquire the Celtic Link ferry service.[5]


Celtic Link Ferries last operated one vessel.

Name Built Tonnage Passengers Notes
Celtic Horizon 2006 27,522 GT 972

The ship was re-christened the Stena Horizon.

Former vessels[edit]


  1. ^ Paul Sandle (8 February 2005). "Celtic Link Ferries launch commercial service between Rosslare and Cherbourg". International Freighting Weekly. 
  2. ^ "CELTIC LINK FERRIES (IRELAND) NEW ROUTE ANNOUNCEMENT". 19 September 2009. Retrieved 11 June 2010. 
  3. ^ "Ferry detained over safety fears". BBC News. 19 November 2009. Retrieved 11 June 2010. 
  4. ^ MAIB (September 2010). "Section 2.9". Report on the investigation of the collision between the bulk carrier Alam Pintar and the fishing vessel Etoile des Ondes (PDF). Marine Accident Investigation Branch. 
  5. ^ "Stena Line buys Celtic Link ferry service". RTÉ News. 26 February 2014. Retrieved 27 February 2014.