Media Release: Caledonian Geotech appoints new general manager

DUNDEE-based Caledonian Geotech (CG), a provider of near shore hyrdographic, geophysical and geotechnical services in the oil and gas, civil engineering and ports industries, has announced the appointment of a new general manager.

James Hailstones,  takes up the role at the company, which is a subsidiary of Aberdeen-based Specialist Subsea Services (S³), bringing with him 27 years of experience in the survey industry.

James has previously worked in many areas of the industry from positioning, construction, geophysical/geotechnical and hydrography and was most recently operations manager for Fugro Pelagos in San Diego.

In his new role, James will be responsible for the successful and profitable operation of the company’s assets, which include two near shore survey vessels of 18m and a 9m in length, and the expansion of the company’s capabilities in the coastal zone.

Graeme Kidd, managing director of S³, said: “I am thrilled to welcome James to the Caledonian Geotech team and I am sure he will be a great asset for the company moving forward.

“James brings with him a wealth of knowledge and experience of the industry, which makes him extremely well placed to take up this position and I am confident that he will excel in this role.”

James added: “I was delighted to accept the position of general manager of Caledonian Geotech. This is an exciting company to be part of and I am thrilled with the opportunity.

“Having worked in the offshore survey industry for many years I have gained a lot of experience in the field and am looking forward to my future with Caledonian Geotech.”

Caledonian Geotech was acquired by Specialist Subsea Services (S3) as part of the company’s strategic growth plans in 2011.

Established in 1980 Caledonian Geotech Ltd (CG) encompasses the practical application of geology, engineering and oceanography. Having quickly established a sound client base across Scotland, the firm has grown to command an enviable share of the market throughout the UK and increasingly overseas.

With clients from throughout the civil and petroleum engineering industries, Caledonian Geotech’s professional, multi-disciplinary team offers a comprehensive package of geo-scientific services which embrace: onshore geotechnical investigations offshore geotechnical investigations environmental surveys oceanographic surveys engineering surveys, design and construction

S³ is an Aberdeen-based provider of ROVs and survey services to the oil and gas and renewable industries. Adopting a “life of field” approach, S³ offers its customers a comprehensive package of services that includes: offshore installation and construction support, IRM, decommissioning and precise positioning and surveys for construction vessels and drilling rigs. S³ is a subsidiary of Reef Subsea AS.

For further information about CG contact 01382 826680 or visit


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