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.
As reported in my last post, the site was hacked earlier this month! I thought I had sorted the problems out, but it appears I was wrong - they came back. I spent a very frustrating week trying to get things sorted out before giving up in disgust, life is too short! An unintended benefit was thaat I cleaned out a lot of junk and updated a few features so the site should be a bit faster. There were three options:
I've been away for a couple of weeks and not been on the site. It appears that sometime in the last few days we have been hit by an injection attack which has resulted in problems logging in and pop up windows attempting to open. I think I've sorted it out now and apologies for any inconvenience caused. Unfortunately I have had to roll back the database which controls the site to a backup from earlier this month.
There have been significant changes in the fleet over the last few months, with several newbuilds being delivered and several disposals inline with the current policy, as described by the current CEO of maintaining a stable number of ships.
The changes listed below are compiled from a variety of sources, but thanks to Bill and Denis for their input. I hope this information is accurate and up to date but as always I will be happy to hear if you notice any errors or know anything I have missed.
There is an article in this months BP Magazine relating to the fleet which may be of interest.
It would appear that the same bull still has stomach problems!
"The technology on these new vessels reinforces BP’s status as a leader in marine hydrocarbon transportation"
The giant vessels that criss-cross the world’s oceans, to keep homes and industries supplied with oil and gas, might look like they will last forever, but in reality they have a life-span of just 25 years or so. The biggest-ever fleet rejuvenation programme in BP’s history is well under way, with 32 new vessels set for delivery over a three-year period. Thanks to some exciting technological innovations, it’s a project that is as much about quality as quantity.
The following is an extract from Lloyds List's "The Intelligence", published in Nov 2016.
BP resets the balance
BP is planning to keep its fleet size stable, even as the energy major has started to take delivery of vessels from its massive newbuilding programme. "We'll keep the fleet roughlythe same," says BP's head of shipping Susan Dio in a rare disclosure of the energy major's fleet details. " We're not growing the fleet size, we're not shrinking the fleet size, it's relatively stable."