A bollard is defined to be a strong post. Bollards were first used for sailing. During early ages of sailing, sailors would have to pull the boat towards the pier and anchor it down somehow. At first boats where pulled in and secured by a person standing on the pier holding the rope. A man came up with an idea to put a thick pipe up right on the pier so the fishermen could anchor the boat to it. After trial and error the man finally found a way to safely secure the boat on to the pier. The man used a thick pipe he found and submerged it into the pier, giving it the strength it needs. The pipe bollards saved the lives of many fishermen and fellow boaters. The Pipe bollard soon proved to be successful and was starting to pop up all over. The advancement in the steel industry technologies helped make stronger bollards that could support massive amounts of weight. Countries all over had their harbors and sea ports equipped with steel bollards.
Today bollards are used for safety and security offshore as well as onshore. Security pipe bollards can be seen all over. they are used as stationary blockades, preventing people to pass through a secured area. They are also seen in parking lots, as a type of filter and traffic directing means. The security bollards are closely lined side by side allowing people to pass, while cars aren't able to fit through. They are also used at shopping malls and markets disabling the customers from taking the stores shopping carts into the street. The list of what the bollard is used for goes on and on. However, many people had use for them, but couldn't because they where permanently stationed. So in compliance to the demand, construction of removable bollards began. Now bollards can be placed and removed to set up temporary barricades.
The introduction of stainless steel bollards, allowed the reduction of the weight while keeping the sturdiness, therefore it is still possible to apply the old uses to a bollard made of stainless steel.