International Standards for Mobile Offshore Drilling Units - Australian Government

Service summary

You will be required to comply with these standards if you operate mobile offshore drilling units.

Mobile offshore drilling units (MODU) are subject to requirements from a number of international standards, including provisions of the MODU Code. The requirements include the following

  • The senior officer for a MODU must be trained in personal survival, fire prevention and other responsibilities listed in sections 5.2-5.4 of the Annex to IMO Resolution A.891(21);
  • The operating manual for a MODU must include information specified in 14.1.1 to 14.1.5 of the 2009 MODU Code.
  • The MODU must comply with the relevant version of the MODU Code;
  • Emergency drills must be conducted in accordance with s 14.12 of the 2009 MODU Code;
  • Emergency training in accordance with provision 5 of the Annex to IMO Resolution A.891(21) is given to all personnel on the MODU;
  • Any persons near the helideck must have been trained for rescue and fire-fighting duties in accordance with sections A-VI/2 and VI/3 of the STCW Code; and
  • The gas detection systems, fire protection systems and fire fighting systems and appliances of the MODU comply with section 9.19 of the 2009 MODU Code.

A MODU built after 30 June 2000 must also comply with:

  • IMO Resolution MSC.61(67) International Code for Application of Fire Test Procedures;
  • IMO Resolution A.800(19) Revised guidelines for approval of sprinkler systems equivalent to that referred to in SOLAS Regulation II-2/12;
  • IMO Resolution A.855(20) Standards for on-board helicopter facilities; and
  • IMO Resolution A.1021(26) Code on Alarms and Indicators.

Please consult the Contact Officer for more information and to ascertain the level of compliance (if any) that may be required.

Service type

Code of Practice

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Other resources


Mobile Offshore Drilling Units Standards - Please consult the Contact Officer for more information.

Administering agency

Australian Maritime Safety Authority
Ship Safety Division

Act(s) name

Navigation Act 2012 (Australian Government)

Regulation(s) name

Marine Order 47, Issue 3 (Australian Government)

Contact details

Australian Maritime Safety Authority
Ship Safety Division

Operating address:
82 Northbourne Avenue
Australian Capital Territory 2612
Mailing address:
GPO BOX 2181
Canberra, Australian Capital Territory 2601


02 6279 5000


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