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.
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."
Following on from my post of 28th October I have heard back from BP regarding getting copies of the Flag.
It appears that, since they now publish up to the minute business strategy in the Flag, it is no longer available for circulation outside the company. However BPMS in Singapore publish a monthly magazine for seafarers and my enquiry has been passed to them. Hopefully I'll get copies of that, and I also hope they will publish site details in it and some current seafarers will join the site.
The has been some discussion on Ship Nostalgia regarding the Flag. I wasn't aware of it, but it is apparently a successor to the old Fleet News. Someone had posted a link to an online archive sometime ago, but this no longer works. I was asked if I knew anything about it and have been trying to find out how to access it.
As far as I have been able to determine it seems that BP have never hosted an archive of the Flag, it must have been a DIY job. Issues of the Flag are emailed to ships and staff home addresses and are also available to ex staff on request. This information was correct until fairly recently but may not be currently accurate.
I also have obtained a contact in BPS HO who will have up to date info, but they are currently on holiday, so I hope to have more information in a few weeks.
The 4 former BP "P Class" year 2000 vintage VLCC's have been reunited under the same ownership. They are currently owned by Ridgebury Tankers of Westport , Connecticut, USA. A contact found this out by seeing a photo on Ship Spotting of the Ridgebury Pride, taken in the English Channel recently. Those big sat-com domes make them stand-out a bit from the rest. According to AIS, she was bound for Yeusu in South Korea from Hound Point. I wonder whose cargo she was carrying?