Celtic Tugs was launched in 1995 with the aim of providing towage services in the ports of Ireland and around the Irish coast. Our fleet include the Celtic Rebel, Celtic Banner and Celtic Isle.

 Celtic Tugs is today the largest privately owned port towage and salvage fleet operator in Ireland. In November 2000 the company was awarded a long-term contract for the provision of three ASD tugs on the river Shannon on the west coast of Ireland to service various facilities on the Estuary. Since the company’s inception it has provided towage services to clients not just in Shannon and Cork harbours, but also on the coast by way of contract towage and salvage.

Handling vessels of up to 180,000 DWT on the Shannon is challenging and ships’ captains and pilots depend on the efficiency and reliability of our tugs and their crews.


We aim to deliver services with a strong commitment health and safety and for the environment, with experienced operational and technical teams supported by robust procedures, training and awareness.

We offer:

• Ship assist and harbour towage services

• Terminal towage and escort duties

• Bulk cargo and ocean towage

• Offshore support

• Salvage support

• Module transportation

The Tugs are permanently manned and can sail at short notice.

In 2012 Mainport upgraded the Celtic Isle and secured Irish Department of Marine approval to act as relief vessel for platform support vessels.

Celtics Tugs Cork and rest of Ireland
e-mail: marine@mainport.ie
Tel: +353 (0)21 500 4209