X-904 Offshore Transfer Device (Personnel Baskets)

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Billy Pugh Company Inc.
X-904 Offshore Personnel Transfer Device
X-904-4, X-904-6, X-904-8., X-904-10 & X-904-12
Covered by Patent No. 7121600 & 7252315

Quick and Effective.

Billy Pugh Company’s 4 to 12 person transfer device is used to quickly and effectively transport personnel on and off of platforms.


Only the 4 person units come with netting between the riders

6 to 12 person transfer device


Safety without Confinement.

All models are equipped with quick release safety lanyards to provide safety and give the rider confidence while in transit.  You told us you didn’t want to sit down and be buckled in.  We listened.

Strong yet Lightweight.

All X-904’s are made of a sturdy and very durable aluminum skeleton, to protect them from falling objects.



Safety comes First.

The X-904 is built above and beyond standard safety rules and regulations to provide a superior product to customers.

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Billy Pugh Co. management group spent two years in collaboration between BPC, HSE&Q managers, crane operators, rig managers and offshore personnel to create a product that will both efficiently and quickly move passengers offshore. With the help of a great team, the X-904 transfer device was developed and quickly became the standard for offshore transfer.  It is made of a sturdy aluminum skeleton to protect them from falling objects.  The riders are encompassed with tightened stainless steel ropes that protects from any side impact that may occur. All models are equipped with quick release safety lanyards that gives the passengers stability without being confined.  Shock absorbing “feet” protect passengers from hard landing. The X-904 provides a designated area for luggage.  In the event of an emergency situation, the 4, 6, & 8 person X-904s allows for a stretcher to be loaded.

Product Specifications

SKU Description Dimensions Weight
X-904-4 4 Person Transfer Device 86″ x 86″ x 35″ 600 lbs
X-904-6 6 Person Transfer Device 101” x 101” x 35” 650 lbs
X-904-8 8 Person Transfer Device 101” x 101” x 35” 650 lbs
X-904-10 10 Person Transfer Device 112” x 112” x 36” 900 lbs
X-904-12 12 Person Transfer Device 120” x 120” x 36” 950 lbs


  Product (optional but recommended) Description
Storage Cover for Assembled Transfer Device (904P-31, 906P-31, 910P-31) Vinyl cover for assembled X-904; protects from UV rays and weather.
Storage Cover for Unassembled Transfer Device (904P-30, 906P-30, 910P-30) Vinyl cover for unassembled X-904; protects from UV rays and weather.
Storage Box (904 B-4 &  904 B-6/8) BPC storage boxes are custom designed for all-weather, year-round storage and protection for the X-904-4 & 6/8 man
 PTL-1 PTL-1 Tag Line 1 1/2″ overall diameter dipped, wrapped, stainless steel thimble eye on one end (conforms to API standards)
SDTG-1 1″ overall diameter, 1/2″ center rope, wrapped with 5/16″ nylon rope, dipped,
1/2″ 304 stainless steel thimble eye on one end (conforms to API Standards)
  ABS/ABS-CR ABS & ABS-CR (Certified Report) is available on all X-800 and X-904’s.

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Product Features

  • ABS Certification Report available
  • Collapsible for storage & shipping
  • Overhead protection
  • Refurbishment program
  • Shock absorbing bottom
  • Non-slip floor Lightweight aluminum frame construction
  • Double braid polydacron rope coated in urethane with stainless wire rope center
  • Comes standard with 20ft. stabilizer & load line
  • Training DVD and Manual

  • Stretcher space provided on the X-904-4 person, 6 person and 8 person
  • Designated storage space


During offshore crane assisted personnel transfer operations the personnel transfer device can spin, (especially in high winds) possibly causing the stabilizer to wrap around the load line multiple times. When the transfer device is then set down on the deck the twisted rigging remains. When the transfer device is then put back into service and lifted under load; the wire rope load line stretches the rubber in small sections between the wraps and can possibly break the rubber bands and/or pull loose from the pin which joins the ends of the rubber band together. It is important to untwist the load line from the stabilizer before each lift to keep from happening.
No, for safety reasons, BPC has certified refurbishment companies all over the world.  Please check our refurbishment section for a listing of those companies.
Cost will vary depending on the condition of the unit but as a general rule somewhere between 40-50% of the price of a new one.
The X-904 was designed to be rebuilt and refurbished; personnel baskets were not. Do to their initial cost it also makes financial sense to refurbish the X-904. Conversely, personnel nets/baskets initial cost is much lower and its design is not conducive or economical for rebuilding.

The X-904 is manufactured with a variety of components such as wire rope, synthetic rope, floatation, cover materials etc. All of these components are affected by the harsh offshore environment they operate in. This wear would include general wear and tear, UV degradation as well as the salt water conditions offshore. These effected parts are all critical in the performance and operation of the X-904. The X-904 is a device that carries the most important “cargo” in the offshore community…people. The X-904 is designed to be inspected before each use then have a more thorough inspection every 6 months and be refurbished every two years (with the understanding that it had passed the daily and 6 month inspections). The two year refurbishment helps to insure these devices are more than ready to do the job they were designed for…Why two years? Because we have found that on average (based on over 60 years of manufacturing safety equipment for offshore use) two years in the field is the maximum time that we can recommend these kind of lifting devises operate without critical parts being replaced.

Our policies were written for the X-904 based on “normal” usage. From time to time we have come upon these circumstances where the customer does not regularly use their X-904 in their day to day operations.

We don’t change or alter our policies/recommendations because to do so would add subjectivity to the refurbishment and maintenance equation of the product. Adding this variable, we would then be in the position to have to look at every X-904 and subjectively say whether it is time or not to refurb or be replaced. To do this (in our opinion) would create a safety concern about the integrity of this most important product. If one mistake is made, there is a good chance that injuries or even lives would be affected. Being consistent on our part is critical and this has resulted in never having a structural failure on the X-904 in its history.

It is also important to note that we are not an enforcement agency, we only “recommend” how our product is used and maintained. If the customer chooses not to follow these Recommendations, it is up to them. An analogy would be when buying a car the manufacturer has recommendations for changing the oil, tire rotation etc. It is up to the buyer to determine if they follow them, even if the car stays in the garage.

Just one more thing worth noting, all of our X-904’s have life left in them when they come in for refurbishment. The last personnel lift these devices make should not be the last one that they are “capable” of making.

The X-904 is rated at 300 lbs per person. IE: The X-904 4 person has a WLL of 1200 lbs.
The In Service Date is the date when the X-904 is removed from its packaging. This determines when the 6 month inspection and 2 year refurbishment should take place.  The In Service Date will need to be noted in the operations manual included with the purchase of the X-904.

In the event the In-Service Date was not noted when unwrapped, you can use the following dates for your records.

  1. In-Service Date – The date the device was unwrapped, if not the follow date will apply.
  2. Good Receiving Date (GRN Date) – The date the customer received the goods from their forwarding agent, if not the follow date will apply.
  3. Invoice Date (From Distributor to Customer) or Delivery Order Date (From Distributor to Customer) from a DO or Invoice, if not the follow date will apply.
  4. Purchase Order Date (Customer PO to Distributor), if not the follow will apply.
  5. Distributor Receiving Date from Billy Pugh, if not the follow will apply.
  6. Manufacturing Date
Some companies require work vests only and others use Type 1 only for X-904 transfers-it really depends on the culture of the company and what they feel is most effective for their operation and personnel. Have a PFD that is sturdy and has a convenient place in the front of the jacket to attach the quick release carabineer.  The PFD should also be regularly inspected for excessive wear or UV degradation.  BPC does not recommend anything too bulky (in that) it can interfere with moving in and out of the X-904 inner riding area.  We also recommend whatever PFD is used, that it be emphasized to wear the vest/jacket securely around the passenger.
Our policy and Recommended Practice has always been that these units need to be refurbished every two years unless they are damaged or do not pass the Daily or 6 Month inspection with a lifespan of 8 years total on the aluminum center section.

The center section of the X-904 is made from aluminum. This is so that the X-904 will be as light as possible. This light weight feature is important so that in the event that someone is struck on deck with the transfer basket that they will be much less likely to be injured or knocked over. Aluminum is great for this reason but it does “cycle” over time and lose some strength. After 8 years in the field (new – plus 3 refurbs) we recommend that they be replaced. It’s important to realize that these devices will still have “life” left in them in the vast majority of cases when they are taken out of service. This is good as the last lift they make should not be the last lift that they are “capable” of making. We always have to err on the conservative side due the “cargo” that our products carry. We cannot be 99.9% sure, if we have only one failure (which we have not) then the results will be catastrophic, injuries will most certainly occur and lives may even be lost. We are extremely proud of the safety record of the X-904. Diamond Offshore helped us design the X-904 and the last testing that was done before we went into production was on the Ocean Confidence.

Most offshore crane operations have a maximum of 30 knot winds. All of the variables, in this document, should be taken into account when determining the maximum wind and sea conditions for all offshore crane personnel transfer.

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