Welcome to the GTZX web site.


We are back!

GTZX was the fleet call sign of BP Shipping until 1986, when the ships were flagged out. It will be familiar to all deck officers and radio officers, as well as others, who sailed on BP ships prior to this date. It seems an appropriate name for a site dedicated to the people and ships of the BP Fleet.

It was BP Shipping’s Centenary in 2014. It seemed a pity that there was no  site documenting the ships and seafarers that sailed them.  I was prompted to create this site and have received help and support from many sources and I thank them.

There are now in excess of 700 subscribers to the site, most of whom have sailed with the fleet, others are family members and people with an interest in ships and shipping.

Early in 2020 it became apparent that there was a coding problem with the site and I struggled to identify it, failure to do so would prevent further upgrade and development. I decided to take the site down and rebuild it from scratch on a local host. Finally success, the site is now  working properly and is, for the time being at least, future proofed.

I have not made many changes to the site content, so hopefully, users will not notice much different, but I have added proper Cookie and Privacy Consent feature to comply with legislation.

If you have any problems with the site or notice any bugs please let me know.


 

A while ago I posted a picture of the British Ranger that had been painted by Julian Brower. Here is another piece by him, this time the British Fern. Looks pretty good to me.

Some interesting images posted on the Ships Nostalgia BP Shipping Forum the other day of the aftermath of a collision between the British Hussar and mv Taiwan. It occurred off Port Tewfiq in Suez Bay on  22nd April 1946. The Taiwan sunk, but may have been refloated.  The Hussar continued in service after repairs until 1953. I've not been able to track down any further details. 

Someone's no claims took a bit of a hit!

For sometime I have been aware that some of the software used by the site is a bit past it's sell by date. (Notably PHP, if that means anything to you.) It renders the site vulnerable to hacking, which is something to avoid. Unfortunatley whilst I can upgrade to the latest versions doing so make the site crash! I have been trying to figure out the reason for this for sometime and you may have noticed some odd behaviour on the site while I have been messing about - sorry for that. Unfortunately I have not been able to identify the offending code ????.

Many thanks to Robert James, who has provided me with digitised copies of a wide range of documents which may be of interest to readers of this site. These include some of the missing Fleet News, a lot of Fleet Faxes, wich succeeded the Fleet News post 1986, copies of the Flag magazine and some Apprentices/Cadets News Letters, together with some other miscellaneous stuff. I suspect the compiled Crew List, constructed from multiple Fleet News and Ship Movement Sheets.

By the time I left the sea in 1988 I was heartily sick of paint, particulary of the green, non skid variety! I once did a rough calculation and estimated that an R boat, from the 80's had about 4 acres of green deck. Very happy not to think about it anymore.

Peter Walker has kindly sent me digital copies of Fleet Faxes from 1998 to 2004. I'm not sure when the old Fleet News became a Fleet Fax but it seems to have fulfilled the same purpose!