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The Billy Pugh Company (BPC) has been providing personnel transfer safety devices to the offshore industry since 1957.

Billy Pugh Company offers a full complement of personnel transfer devices and baskets to the offshore industry.  With multiple patents over the past 60 years, Billy Pugh Company has set the standard in the industry.

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ABS Type Approved Manufacturer

ABSBilly Pugh Co. is an ABS Type Approved manufacturer.

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. All X-904 series are covered under the Type Approval program. The X-800 series personnel nets covered are listed in the link provided below.

ABS Type Approval Program

In the Type Approval Program, ABS certifies that enrolled manufacturers around the world are capable of consistently producing a product in compliance with product specifications. Each product is tested extensively to verify that it will perform reliably in the marine and offshore environment.

To find out about the ABS Type Approval process click here.

How Can I Tell if My Billy Pugh Personnel Transfer Device is ABS Type Approved?




Not all Billy Pugh Co. Personnel Baskets and X-904’s are ABS Type approved. All type approved X-800 series personnel basket/nets start with a “5” in the serial number (i.e. 5434-21). The last 2 numbers are the year of manufacture. The X-904 series do not have any serial number designating type approval.

All type approved products have the ABS tag attached and the X-800 series has ABS TYPE APPROVED stenciled on the bottom orange cover.