New Underwater Robot Unveiled by Kongsberg Maritime



Kongsberg Maritime has unveiled its new Eelume underwater robot which is is designed to live permanently under water and carry out underwater intervention tasks that would normally require the mobilisation of expensive surface vehicles for divers or to launch and retrieve ROVs or AUVs.

Flexible and adaptable:

Eelume’s unique design, with a flexible and adaptable body, allows it to access confined spaces within subsea structures. Its ability to change its shape and hold postures allows intricate interactions using a diverse toolset including torque tools, grippers and specialised maintenance equipment.

Superior manoeuvrability:

In addition to its superior manoeuvrability, the robot is a highly stable sensor and actuator platform offering unmatched access to underwater structures for diverse operations.

Reduce in costs:

The Eelume solution is expected to dramatically reduce costs and the environmental impact associated with having a ship overhead a traditional ROV operation. It can be installed on both existing and new fields where typical jobs include visual inspection, cleaning, and operating valves and chokes. These tasks account for a large part of the total subsea inspection and intervention spend.

Maiden approach:

Richard Mills, sales director, MaRo, Kongsberg Maritime said: “Eelume is a unique system…with the potential to disrupt the status quo by taking a completely new approach to underwater inspection and intervention.”

The Eelume solution is a result of an agreement signed by Kongsberg Maritime and Statoil with Eelume, a NTNU spin-off company, to accelerate new technology that will significantly reduce costs related to subsea inspection, maintenance and repair operations.

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Source: IMarEST


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