EBI is a liftboat company who has been operating their fleet of liftboats in the Gulf of Mexico since the 1950s. EBI's first liftboat, the Jehu, was the first ever liftboat launched in the history of liftboats. The Jehu was a smaller liftboat with leg length of 30 feet, used for small construction projects and seismographic work in the Gulf of Mexico. Today, EBI is the only liftboat provider in the world who builds and services all of their liftboat components such as their offshore marine cranes, liftboat legs, liftboat jacking systems, and more.
What is a liftboat? A liftboat is a self-elevating, self-propelled, offshore supply vessel. Liftboats have been used in the Gulf of Mexico to service and supply offshore platforms as well as performing other offshore operations for the Oil & Gas industry. Liftboats play an important role in the Oil & Gas industry in the Gulf of Mexico and soon all over the world.
EBI has been designing and building offshore marine cranes for use on their liftboats since the 1960s. All of their liftboats use EBI marine cranes. Their marine cranes division inspects, services and maintains all of their marine cranes and their fleet of liftboats.
The pads on EBI's liftboats are larger and wider allowing for a bigger footprint on the seafloor minimizing preload requirments and reducing pentration, thus resulting in time savings getting on, and off locations.
All of EBI's liftboats use a proprietary unique 12-tooth pinion jacking system designed and assembled by EBI. Their 12-tooth liftboat jacking systems allows a liftboat to handle heavier loads, to have a higher rack and pinion ratio, and have a faster jacking speed of up to 12 to 16 feet per minute. With a faster jacking speed, a liftboat can set the pads quickly avoiding violent seafloor contact in wave action.
EBI's liftboats are unique in that their hull design is designed to protect a client's equipment that is on the deck of the liftboat. With the cabin on the bow of the liftboat, marine equipment and machinery is protected from saltwater that hits up against the bow of the liftboat while traveling in rough seas.
EBI offers a wide range of liftboats in their fleet. Classified with the US Coast Guard as offshore supply vessels (OSV), EBI's liftboats have been used for multiple shallow water operations such as wirelining, plug and abandonment, core sampling, dive operations, offshore coil tubing, offshore platform construction & service, and much more. With more than 25 liftboats in their fleet, EBI continues to deliver outstanding and quality service to their clients.