The reference to MODU is shorthand for that contained in SOLAS XI-2/1. MODU means a Mechanically propelled Offshore Drilling Unit as defined in regulation 1X/1 not on location.
Regulation IX/1 defines MODU as "a vessel capable of engaging in drilling operations for the exploration or exploitation of resources beneath the sea-bed such as liquid or gaseous hydrocarbons, sulphur or salt".
IMO's Maritime Safety Committee at its 77th session, which met in May 2003 after the ISPS Code was ratified, agreed that Floating Production Storage and Offloading (FPSO) units and Floating Storage Units (FSU) were not subject to the ISPS Code. It was also agreed that Single Buoy Moorings (SBM) would be covered either by the security regime of the offshore facility or port facility as appropriate.
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