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 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.
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.