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.


 

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.

Regards

Chris

Briitsh Unity is now Unity so has presumably been sold, but I have no further information.

Britsh Esteem (now SC Esteem Lii) and Britsh Ensign also appear to have been sold, Ensign possibly scrapped as no info on AIS that I can find.

British Legacy and British Resolve were both cancelled with the buiders, STX, on 31st October 2016. There maybe more cancellations or reassignments to follow.


British Sailor was delivered and left Ulsan, Korea 26/10/2016 for Port Klang and the last report I have is that she was bound for Sikka, India with an ETA 28/12/2016.

Regards and Best Wishes for the New Year.

Chris