Since I became aware of the Centenary of BP Shipping I have been looking around for information on the ships and seafarers that have been involved. It seems a pity that BP have not seen fit to create some form of web archive and there are several comments to that effect on the Ships Nostalgia web site.
It appears that BP are not alone in not providing an archive, Kees Helder has published Helderline, a web site primarily about Shell tankers and Auk Visser has created his Historical Tankers Site, which has information about a huge number of tankers with photographs, including some of BP's, but with a special emphasis on the Esso fleet.
I have taken it upon myself to develop this site and I hope many of my fellow seafarers who have spent time at sea with BP will help in the task of creating a useful and interesting resource for anyone with an interest in the ships and people of the BP fleet, past, present and future.
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.
Feel free to upload any photographs you may have to either the Gallery which is superceding the Ships, Archive and Misc Galleries. It is assumed that if you upload a photograph you have the right to do so and will not be infringing any copyrights.
Note that in order to view the crew list information, or add and view photographs you need to be a registered user.
I make no claim that the information on this site is complete or accurate, but I am continuing to research and will add, or edit data as it becomes available.
I've been quite busy this year with other stuff and have not spent a lot of time on this site, certailnly not as much as I should have. Because of this I had not noticed that there was a backlog of nearly 60 people who had tried to register as users, but had for some reason, not been able to complete the process. The registration is an automatic process carried out by the site itself, I only need to intervene if there is a problem.
Clearly there has been a problem which prevented the registration process completing satisfatorily. I should have noticed this sooner, so many apologies to those whose attempts to register were unsuccessful. I have reset the system and resent comfirmation emails where necessary and we have had over 20 new members in the last twenty four hours. Welcome to you all.
I have also been a bit tardy in updating the Fleet Lists, there have been several changes not yet recorded on the site. I'll get that sorted too.
George King died on 8th December 2017. Those of us that were at sea during the 70's will know the name well.
There is an obituary in today's DT for Gabby King. From what I knew of him it seems to sum him up well.
I only met him once, late 1973, when he was, I think, Chief Marine Supt and I was a lowly cadet. I was on the Faith, laid up alongside in Falmouth on the bridge keeping a VHF watch. I heard the agents call and ran into the chartroom (remember them?) to answer the call. Gabby was heading in the other direction and I knocked him A over T. The old man, Jasper Cliffe, was not amused, Gabby took in in good part. Shortly after that I was transferred to the Light. Read into that what you will.
One of the site users has emailed me a link to a YouTube videeo featuring the British Progress (2000-2013), thanks Sam. This is one of a series of six originally shown on UK television in 2008. There is is also a thread on Ships Nostalgia discussing these videos.
The primary focus of the videos is Officer Training, looking at Cadets joing three ships, A Maersk box boat, a Cunard cruise ship and the Progress.
I really don't know where the last few weeks have gone. I had hoped to have updated all the Fleet details from information on the Equasis web site by now, but haven't had the time, nor have I managed to scan any more articles from the Apprentices Newsletters.
After a plug on the BP Shipping Facebook group (Thanks Kev) we have had fifteen new registrations in the last three days. Welcome to you all, I hope you enjoy the site.
The eagle eyed amongst you may notice that the menu has changed and there are a couple of extra items on it. I have been aware for sometime that the menu organisation was a bit haphazard and I've been meaning to sort it out for a while. I hope it makes more sense now. I've added a new user list which is just a table listing users and a few basic details. This can be sorted by last name, last visit or date joined. Although it will default to show members listed in alphabetical order, but this can be changed by clicking on the chevrons next to the column heading to show the newest registrations at the top so it will be easy to see who has just joined.
Since launching this site I have been trying to establish a systematic method of getting news about the Fleet without a great deal of succes. various people, notably Bill Harvey have been very helpful in feeding me information as and when they get it.
I have recently come across a web site, equasis.org, which is a public site promoting maritime safety and quality. This site is update on a daily basis by a varety of bodies including registration authorities, flag state, US Coast Guard, P&I clubs etc.
I know many user of this site also look at Ships Nostalgia, but those of you who don't may be interested in watching this video documentting the last voyage of the British Renown from Fujeirah to Gagani Beach in 1994. I "sailed" on the Renown at thecend of 1985, whilst she was floating storage off Brunei with the other R Boats. Quite a sad sight to see her rammed up on the beach and chopped to bits.
Thanks to James_C who found the clip on YouTube and posted the link on Ship's Nostalgia.