Billy Pugh Co., Inc.

Corpus Christi, TX, United States

Billy Pugh Co.’s mission is the manufacture of a full line of premium quality safety equipment. With close to 50 years of commitment to quality we continue to “over-build” our safety equipment. All our products exceed the minimum standards set by USCG, OSHA,CE and ANSI. At Billy Pugh Co. we will even work closely with you to customize an existing product or develop a new one for your specific application.

Offshore Oil industry’s Hall of Fame in 2001
The Billy Pugh Company was inducted into the Offshore Oil industry’s Hall of Fame in 2001.

History of the Personnel Transfer Net
Many years ago in the infancy of the offshore industry, people were transported to and from offshore rigs and platforms with the use of a cargo net. The personnel would hang on to the outside of the net and be moved from boat to rig. This was in the very early days and Billy Pugh figured out quickly that this was a formula for some serious accidents. A new device was then designed by our company as a safe transfer system that allowed personnel to embark and disembark quickly and safely. It allowed personnel to have the sensation of being inside the device but be free enough to get off and away from danger when in rough sea conditions.

The Billy Pugh personnel net became the industry standard all over the world. It has saved and protected millions of riders over the years and is a symbol of the offshore industry. Many a new offshore employee remembers his or her first ride on a personnel transfer net; it is almost of rite of passage. There have been many attempts to improve or even replace the personnel net but the basic idea and design is still in use around the world and in the Gulf of Mexico. Though we now have the X-904, the personnel net is still the most common form of offshore personnel transfer in the world.

Billy Pugh Co. is an ABS Type Approved manufacturer. In the case of our life floats, we do not charge any additional fees for ABS as they are included in the price and a third party certification is required by USCG.

In terms of personnel transfer devices, we do charge an additional fee for ABS to offset our costs associated with this service. ABS is not required in all parts of the world for personnel transfer devices so we only charge those companies that choose this option the additional fees.

Our four person X-904 is the only X-904 series that is covered under the Type Approval program. The X-800 series personnel nets covered are listed in the link provided below.

Statement of Fact: In the event that ABS certification is required for one of our products not covered by Type Approval, ABS also offers us a “Statement of Fact” certificate where the local ABS surveyor comes to our factory and provides this certificate. The cost of this service varies but is useful for those products where ABS is needed but we do not have the volume to justify including it in the Type Approval program.


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Billy Pugh Co., Inc.
5878 Agnes Street
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Corpus Christi, TX
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United States

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