Subsea Services (S3) purchases geosciences consultancy Caledonian Geotech

Subsea Services has purchased geosciences consultancy Caledonian Geotech, as it moves to secure its future growth. The investment is in line with the firm’s strategic growth and investment plans. Subsea Services provides ROV and survey services to the international energy industry.

Subsea Services’ managing Director, Graeme Kidd, commented that with the ever expanding near shore engineering and construction market, in particular the renewable energy sector, Caledonian Geotech is well positioned to provide extensive support services to operators and contractors alike. The S3 team will be absorbed into Caledonian Geotech.

Kidd said the investment complements its existing offshore subsea services, now covering the entire water column from 0m to 3000m. Subsea Services plans to continue developing its UK presence and building on work it has carried out internationally, with Mediterranean and West Africa being the main focus of the year ahead, said Kidd.

Caledonian Geotech’s founder, Richard Robinson and Mary McMurtrie, the Company Manager, will continue to support the development of the company going into the future.

With clients drawn from the civil and petroleum engineering industries, and with an extensive track record spanning 30 years, Caledonian Geotech’s professional, multi-disciplinary team offers a comprehensive package of geo-scientific services embracing coastal stability assessments, land based geophysical & geotechnical investigations, marine hydrographic and geophysical surveys, inspection of subsea assets including pipelines, cables and small platforms such as wind farm mono-piles, offshore geotechnical investigations and oceanographic surveys.

The firm’s fleet of shallow-draughted vessels includes a 20 metre ex-pilot cutter converted for survey & inshore ROV operations, and a collection of smaller vessels for shallow water work in confined seaways. The company also has access to a larger 30metre catamaran for 24-hour offshore hydrographic, geophysical and geotechnical survey and ROV operations through an existing close relationship with the Marine Institute of Gdansk.

Among past projects is survey work for the Skye Bridge, with clients including Transco and Scottish local authorities.

S3’s assets include four advanced survey-capable work class ROVs as well as a pool of survey equipment and their near shore vessels. S3 operates mainly in the North Sea, but has also completed extensive deepwater survey and ROV operations throughout the Mediterranean Sea, in water depths ranging up to 3000m.

Just recently, Reef Subsea AS announced it had acquired the Norwegian company EXS Subsea AS that owns 80% in S3, Specialist Subsea Services Ltd., based in Aberdeen, Scotland.

7 Feb 2011.