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.


I don't know how many poppies I've bought over the years to commemorate those lost in the service of their country, but none have had any direct connection with the Merchant Navy.  

Last week I was on ebay looking for something else and saw an advert for a range of pins being sold by the British Legion for this year's poppy appeal, including the one pictured above. 

If you are interested follow this link.

This article is copied from The British Merchant Navy - Old Friends Plus, with permission of the author "Doc Vernon". I thought it might of interest to readers of this site.


This is the wartime story of my father Eric Pointon, who served in the Merchant Navy, in many theatres with distinction, and is dedicated to his memory.
In his opinion he felt that the role of the Merchant Navy in World War Two was more understated than in the other services, but they had a vital role to play in keeping Britain supplied. The Merchant Navy suffered a proportionately higher death rate from enemy action than any of the armed services.

After he had joined the Merchant Navy from school in August 1930 as a deckhand on 'SS Deerpool', he served his apprenticeship before joining the British Tanker Company in July 1939.

He joined the M/V 'British Sergeant', an oil tanker, in May 1940 as 3rd Mate at Abadan, then sailing to Alexandria.

Exctract from Marine Link dated 26th April 2019


BP Shipping, the maritime arm of British headquartered global oil company BP, announced that  six new LNG vessels - British Partner, British Achiever, British Contributor, British Listener, British Mentor and British Sponsor - have joined the BP Shipping fleet.

Each ship can carry a cargo of LNG equivalent in volume to 69 Olympic sized swimming pools and they deliver this low carbon energy to customers with 20% less CO2 emissions when compared to industry benchmarks.

The British Partner has been named as a Great Ship of the Year 2018 by MarineLink.

BP Shipping took delivery of British Partner, the first of a half dozen new 173,400 cu. m. capacity liquefied natural gas (LNG) carriers to be delivered through 2018 and 2019 from the DSME shipyard in South Korea.  BP Shipping, which launched a fleet rejuvenation program in 2016 that includes 32 new vessels for delivery over a three-year period, said the six new Partnership class ships will increase its ability to transport LNG in emerging new markets, such as Pakistan, Jordan, Egypt and Bangladesh, in addition to established markets, such as India, China, the U.S. and Australia.

The Royal Institute of Navigation has reported the sad death of Captain Ralph Maybourn. I have enclosed the text of the RIN obituary below. 

This month's BP Magazine has an article on the new Partnership class of LNG tankers which may be of interest. It also includes a short time lapse of the building of the British Partner.