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Welcome to the GTZX web site.

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.

Apologies to anyone who has noticed problems with the site over the last few days. Two bits of software used in the site issued upgrades which didn't cooperate with each other. It has taken a bit of sorting out. Initial efforts were misdirected and made things worse with the site disappearing completely for a brief period! I think it's all sorted now.


I've just uploaded a few more Fleet News, covering the period from October 78 to February 79.
I have just uploaded a small batch of Fleet News, covering the period April to October 1979.
I have just found out that following the sale of the Fidelity, Tenacity and Security in 2014, they are now no longer managed by BP but by Sinokor Maritime Co Ltd of S. Korea. The Fidelity and Tenacity ceased to be managed by BP in May 2016 and the Security in September.
Two of my spies have let me know some interesting snippets about the Fleet. Thanks Denis and Bill

1. Four BPS ships, Esteem, Explorer, Curlew and Merlin up for sale as of 15/09/16. The "E" boats will be sold and BP will consider chartering them back-in for a 1 or 2 year TC.
I have uploaded the Fleet News for Nov 79 to Oct 80. Many thanks to Kirk for scanning them. I hope you enjoy reading them.