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.


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.

Read the Article

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?
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.