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 just sorted out a problem with list data: Fleet Lists, Staff Lists etc, which were not displaying. Hopefully this issue is finally resolved.
Bill Harvey has been in touch and let me know that the Mariner, Respect and Renown are now trading, having been delivered earlier this year. They are all currently in Australian waters, The Mariner on the east Coast, the others at or off Kwinana. There are a few more new build due out this year although dates are being put back.
Following the completion of two weeks seatrials GLEN LYON departed Ulsan on 10th December for an estimated 85 day tow to Haugesund, Norway, via Singapore for crew change on Glen Lyon and bunker top up for tugs then Sunda Straits, Mauritius, Walvis Bay and Gran Canaria.
Many thanks to Matt at Ignite Gallery for his help in sorting out the problems with the galleries and links from images. I have reinstated the alphabeticall gallery and as far as I can tell everything is working properly.
With regard to the alphabetical gallery, it is sorted on the description that can be added when uploading images. This means that it doesn't matter what the file name is, but it makes it more meaning full if the description begins with the ships name. All photos of the same ship will then appear together.
The issues asscoiated with uploading photographs and the links from Latest Comments and the Latest/Random Galleries have now been resolved. Unfortunately part of the problem was the way I had configured the Alpabetical Gallery so in order the prevent this week's problems recurring I have removed the alphabetically sorted gallery. The gallery now shows photos sorted with the newest images first.
The 270 metres long, 52 meters wide FPSO, to be named Glen Lyon, is currently under construction at a Hyundai Heavy Industry shipyard in South Korea.
Once completed, the vessel will be deployed in the UK sector of the North Sea, west of the Shetland Islands, as part of BP’s Quad 204 development project.
I think I've finally got through the photographs and uploaded all those of the BP deep sea fleet, I have uploaded the last 140 images. I still have the Border Boats, Clyde Tankers and the coastal fleet to sort out along will several hundered other images of ships, tugs, barges etc associated with BP over the years. I suspect I'll do the border boats, clyde tankers and the coasters and then call it a draw. I'm not sure the users of this site will have any interest in the rest.