Merkland Tank (“Merkland”) can trace its origins to the 1880’s in the Glasgow ship servicing industry, provides a range of engineering services associated with tanks and vessels. Typical works include tank cleaning, inspection, installation and decommissioning. Its specialisms include Ministry of Defence contracts, refineries, distilleries and the oil and gas industry.

Business development during Nevis ownership

  • Merkland has been continually growing over the last decade and Robbie Horne, the third generation owner who has been leading the business for more than 35 years, decided that he wanted to step back and realise the value he had created.
  • In October 2017 Nevis Capital completed the acquisition of Merkland from Robbie. On completion, Robert Gibson joined the business as Managing Director with Robbie Horne stepping up to a part time Chairman role.



  • Speaking about the recent sale of his business, Robbie said “As a business we have a tremendous heritage from the original ship servicing works to steel work contracts, and have become a leader in our field due to the quality and dedication of our outstanding team. I believe this transaction is the start of a new phase in the company’s growth and I am looking forward to working with Nevis, Robert and the rest of the team to deliver our wider services.”