Selection of a tugboat to be used in a port according to the operations to be carried out is a difficult problem that requires many criteria to be evaluated at the same time. This selection requires high experience as well as technical knowledge about tugboats and operations. In this study, a numerical analysis was carried out within the framework of design, operational and financial criteria to develop a method to select a tugboat. The propulsion/manoeuvring systems used in the tugboats were investigated and different criteria related to the tugboats with different propulsion systems were evaluated by subject matter experts through a survey including technical and financial data. The responses were interpreted with the fuzzy analytic hierarchy process to select a suitable tugboat alternative based on the type of propulsion system.