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.


 

British Partner 2018

BP Shipping has taken delivery of British Partner, the first of a half dozen

new 173,400 cubic meter capacity liquefied natural gas (LNG) carriers to be delivered through 2018 and 2019 from the DSME shipyard in South Korea.

According to Splash247 BP has been struggling to off load portions of its fleet amid a tepid outlook for tankers. BP Shipping started marketing a trio of elderly MR tankers earlier this year, a move that would have removed the outfit’s exposure to the MR sector.

Soon after a transaction was reported on subject, with Korean outt Sinokor condently listed as the taker. No deal was ever finalised however and the 47,000 dwt British Courtesy, British Serenity and British Tranquility are now reported sold again, albeit for a much lower price.

At the end of February the 2005-built sisterships were reported sold en bloc for $12.2m each. Yesterday the ships showed up as sold again. This time, no taker was disclosed, but the price for one of the ships is reported at $10.7m, signicantly less than online portal VesselsValue sets the market price for the ships at.

I've been quite busy this year with other stuff and have not spent a lot of time on this site, certailnly not as much as I should have. Because of this I had not noticed that there was a backlog of nearly 60 people who had tried to register as users, but had for some reason, not been able to complete the process. The registration is an automatic process carried out by the site itself, I only need to intervene if there is a problem.

Clearly there has been a problem which prevented the registration process completing satisfatorily. I should have noticed this sooner, so many apologies to those whose attempts to register were unsuccessful. I have reset the system and resent comfirmation emails where necessary and we have had over 20 new members in the last twenty four hours. Welcome to you all.

I have also been a bit tardy in updating the Fleet Lists, there have been several changes not yet recorded on the site. I'll get that sorted too.

Regards

Chris

George King died on 8th December 2017. Those of us that were at sea during the 70's will know the name well. 

There is an obituary in today's DT for Gabby King. From what I knew of him it seems to sum him up well.

I only met him once, late 1973, when he was, I think, Chief Marine Supt and I was a lowly cadet. I was on the Faith, laid up alongside in Falmouth on the bridge keeping a VHF watch. I heard the agents call and ran into the chartroom (remember them?) to answer the call. Gabby was heading in the other direction and I knocked him A over T. The old man, Jasper Cliffe, was not amused, Gabby took in in good part. Shortly after that I was transferred to the Light. Read into that what you will.

One of the site users has emailed me a link to a YouTube videeo featuring the British Progress (2000-2013), thanks Sam. This is one of a series of six originally shown on UK television in 2008. There is is also a thread on Ships Nostalgia discussing these videos.

The primary focus of the videos is Officer Training, looking at Cadets joing three ships, A Maersk box boat, a Cunard cruise ship and the Progress. 

Episode 1: Deck Cadet Training

Episode 2: First Trip, a Maersk boxboat, the Gateshead.

Episode 3: Final days building Cunarder, Verdana, Gateshead transit of Panama Canal.

Episode 4: Maiden voyage; Verdana, Enigineer and Technical Officer trainees.

Episode 5: British Progress, repairs at Singapore.

Episode 6: British Progress, voyage to Basra

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.