E.P.I. BARGE BUMPERS
Every E.P.I. Barge Bumper system is supplied including compression type Shock Cells as described above.
E.P.I. is the only vendor who maintains a complete fabrication yard located at the Port of West St. Mary on the
Intracoastal canal. Our yard is equipped for complete fabrication of Boatlandings and Barge Bumpers and can
loadout directly onto waterborne transport vessels at our site.
E.P.I.'s yard is equipped for welding, fitting, sandblasting, and painting as well as shock cell testing. Our company
supplies a full line of completely fabricated Barge Bumper systems which are described in our catalog.
Basic criteria for choosing a Barge Bumper system:
- Complete systems. This ensures traceability in the event of problems. Many times fabricators/contractors will
build systems that do not take into account the performance of the chosen shock cell and can fail in service.
Complete systems provide longer, more reliable service.
- Manufacturing capability. It is very important that the manufacturer supplies a product which was built and
tested in-house. Again, traceability for reliable products is important.
- Cost saving features. Many shock cell vendors provide a "minimum length" shock cell which can also be
done by E.P.I., however, the contractor must then supply additional length of pipe for making extensions.
Also, the contractor must make costly butt welds to large o.d. pipes on each shock cell. This process is costly
and time consuming and ultimately is paid for by the producer. E.P.I. is capable of manufacturing custom length
shock cells by assembling the components into a custom length of pipe thereby saving costly and unnecessary
welding. Also, E.P.I.'s installation procedure simplifies installation either offshore or in the contractor's yard,
again saving time and money.
- Qualified fabrication and Quality Procedures. The vendor should have in-place qualified welding and fabrication
procedures. This will save time and money as new procedures will not need to be re-tested at the producer's
expense. Also, adequate quality control procedures should ensure uniform product liability. E.P.I. has manufactured
products for clients in the North Sea and have provided ISO based quality procedures on many high profile projects.
E.P.I.'s procedures have allowed our company to provide products to such demanding companies as
Kvaerner (Norway), Mobil, Phillips, Exxon, and Amoco.
For Gulf of Mexico based structures, our most popular Barge Bumper is the "Big King" System". For a copy of
our catalog please contact our office at (337) 237-1182 or email
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