I guess the best first topic for the Blog is . . . what is a “MODU?” “MODU” stands for “Mobile Offshore Drilling Unit.” Basically, they are off-shore drilling platforms that can be transferred from one point to another for various drilling tasks. Some MODU’s are jack-up rigs, which raise their legs off the sea floor and are towed by vessels to their next desired drilling location.
Other MODU’s are submersible or semi-submersible, which float on buoyant pontoons to their desired location. Then the pontoons are flooded, lowering the vessel. Semi-submersible’s will not touch the ground, while submersible’s will come to rest on the sea floor.
The last major form of MODU’s is the drillship, which is basically a ship with a drilling rig. It positions itself over the desired location for drilling and maintains its position through a series of thrusters.
If you are interested in learning more about MODU’s, please feel free to ask.