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Offshore Industry Symbol.

The Billy Pugh personnel net has become the industry standard all over the world. It has saved and protected millions of riders over the years.



Need the Room?

X-800 is designed for offshore operations that need a “small footprint” for their personnel basket.

50 Years and Running.

Others have tried to reproduce the X-800, but still can’t reproduce the quality that is Billy Pugh Company.


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. Personnel would hang on to the outside of the net and be moved from boat to rig. Billy Pugh figured out quickly that this was a formula for some serious accidents. A new device was then designed by Billy Pugh as a safe transfer system that allowed personnel to embark and disembark quickly and safely. The Billy Pugh Personnel Transfer Net allowed workers to have the sensation of being inside the device, but also allows the freedom 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 a 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.

The X-800 is valid for 2 years from the In Service Date which is the date the device is removed from its packaging.

Please note: ABS Statement of Fact is now called ABS Certification Report


X-8704 person transfer net72″ x 72″ x 16″256 lbs
X-871Recommended for rough seas, 4 person net72″ x 72″ x 16″270 lbs
X-871-66 person net, optional ABS Certification Report
84″ x 84″ x 16″350 lbs
X-871-88 person net94″ x 94″ x 18″400 lbs
X-871-1010 person net, optional ABS Certification Report
94″ x 94″ x 22″500 lbs
X-871-1212 person net, optional ABS Certification Report
126″ x 126″ x 22″580 lbs
X-8164 person net with 13′ load line72″ x 72″ x 16″240 lbs
X-8404 person net with 60″ bottom ring 60″ x 60″ x 16″ 245 lbs
D/C ADouble cable safety load line and air cushion available for purchase

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Product Features

  • Servicing offshore industry for over 50 years. 
  • Collapsible for easy storage
  • Affordable
  • More offshore safe transfers than any personnel transfer device in history
  • Inducted into the Offshore Oil Hall of Fame


The X-800 series is not designed to be refurbished. The reason being that by the time the personnel net is taken apart and re-assembled with certified new parts, it is more expensive than buying a new net.
The X-800 series personnel nets that are ABS Type Approved on request: X-870, X-870 D/C, X-871, X-871 D/C, X-871-A, X-871-A D/C, X-871-8, X-871-10, X-816, X-816 D/C, X-840 & X-840 D/C) and an ABS Certified Report can be issued for the other nets.
In the past 25 years there have been no fatalities in the GOM on any Billy Pugh Company personnel transfer device or personnel net.  In that time there have been dozens of fatalities in the Gulf due to helicopter accidents.
The date the X-800 is removed from its packaging is the In Service Date which is used for aging the device for inspections and replacement.  This date needs to be noted on the certificate that comes with the device.  If during inspection no “In Service Date” was recorded then paperwork will need to refer to the Manufacturing Date, the date in which it was built at BPC, which is located on the tags and paperwork provided.  
We do not recommend that luggage be placed in the center of the X-800 series transfer baskets.  Two reasons:

  1.   There is no good ergonomic way to pick up luggage from an X-800 series basket without either bending at the waist or getting inside the basket.  In either case, this is a potential for an injury.
  2. The X-800 series baskets have open “doors” for personnel to stand in.  During rough seas/windy transfers, the basket can swing and luggage can fall out on to personnel below.  This has happened before and an injury resulted from luggage striking the deck hand below.  The X-900 series is designed for light luggage but this is a different system .
We would recommend on the outer ring.  The basket will tilt but only slightly and this will not create any hazard.
As a general rule, we recommend that all Billy Pugh Co. X800 series personnel nets be replaced annually when used on a daily basis (such as a jackup drilling rig). On production platforms and other applications where the personnel net is used less frequently, we recommend that it be changed out every other year. This is a recommended guideline only and will vary depending on condition, how well the net is cared for and stored.
The X-840 is designed for offshore operations that need a “small footprint” for their personnel basket.  A normal sized personnel net (X-870) has a 72” footprint, the X-840 is only 60”.
The X-816 is for operations that need a shorter stabilizer and load line assembly.  This would be someone with a shorter boom unable to get a normal sized personnel net over the rail.  The load line on an X-816 is 9 ft. shorter than a standard -871.
The air cushion net is designed to create a softer landing (especially in rough seas).  These “air nets” have pneumatic hose attached to the bottom and top of the lower ring which makes for more a softer landing in the event the boat has a harsh impact when the personnel net is lowered to the deck.  As with all personnel net landings, we still recommend that personnel keep knees bent and are ready for the transfer device to touch down on deck.

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