In my second blog post this week we take a look at another new addition to the GPS Marine fleet and one of personal favourite tugs operating on the Thames & Medway today Merano which has recently been renamed GPS Simla following the trend in names of William Watkins fleet which also had use of the name Simla although slightly larger to the one in the GPS fleet!

Merano is not a new girl on the block but was actually built in 1949 as the Falgarth for Cory/Mercantile Lighterage but as the saying goes “They just don’t build them like they used to” and the fact she is still operating and in fantastic condition is a credit to the three owners that have had her over the past 72 years.

It is thought that she will be used for towing craft in and out of Deptford Creek amongst other places

Below are the first exclusive photos of her in service this week at Upnor with GPS Marine

GPS Simla in the fog in her new livery
The tugs wheelhouse has been kept much as it was with lovely original features and wheel
Engine room – Volvo
One upside of this little tug is a cosy little kitchen and aft cabin area for the crew