NTNU and the Norway-based independent research organisation SINTEF have conducted research on snake robotics for more than ten years. Eelume is now developing a disruptive solution for underwater inspection and maintenance in the form of a swimming robot. The idea is to let these robots do inspection and light intervention jobs on the seabed, reducing the use of large and expensive vessels. With its snake-like form, the slender and flexible body of the Eelume robot provides access to confined areas that are difficult to access with existing technology.Eelume robots will be permanently installed on the seabed and perform planned and on-demand inspections and interventions, according to the project partners. The solution can be installed on both existing and new fields where typical jobs include visual inspection, cleaning and adjusting valves and chokes. These jobs account for a large part of the total subsea inspection and intervention spend.Bjørn Jalving, executive vice president of Kongsberg Maritime’s subsea division, said the robot was ?a new tool that will enable operators to realise large scale cost savings by introducing new ways of conducting routine tasks and helping to prevent unscheduled shutdowns by reacting instantly when required?.