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.
Thanks to Bill Harvey for letting me know that the British Reliance and British Navigator have been delivered.
BRITISH NAVIGATOR (IMO: 9724594, MMSI: 235113765) is a chemical/oil products tanker and currently sailing under the UK flag of She is 183m length overall and beam of 32m. Her gross tonnage is 29700 tons. She is currenlt en route from builders in Korea to Singapore.
BRITISH RELIANCE (IMO: 9683025, MMSI: 235108527) is a crude oil tanker and currently sailing under the UK flag. BRITISH RELIANCE has 250m length overall and beam of 44m. Her gross tonnage is 61000 tons. She is currently on route from the Korean builders to the Gulf.
A comment from Ian Ockleford prompted me to take a closer look at vesselfinder.com and I discovered that it is possible to subscribe and build a list called "MyFleet". This can then be used as a filter on the AIS generated location map, so that only ships on the list are shown.
I've just sorted out a problem with list data: Fleet Lists, Staff Lists etc, which were not displaying. Hopefully this issue is finally resolved.
Bill Harvey has been in touch and let me know that the Mariner, Respect and Renown are now trading, having been delivered earlier this year. They are all currently in Australian waters, The Mariner on the east Coast, the others at or off Kwinana. There are a few more new build due out this year although dates are being put back.
Following the completion of two weeks seatrials GLEN LYON departed Ulsan on 10th December for an estimated 85 day tow to Haugesund, Norway, via Singapore for crew change on Glen Lyon and bunker top up for tugs then Sunda Straits, Mauritius, Walvis Bay and Gran Canaria.
Many thanks to Matt at Ignite Gallery for his help in sorting out the problems with the galleries and links from images. I have reinstated the alphabeticall gallery and as far as I can tell everything is working properly.
With regard to the alphabetical gallery, it is sorted on the description that can be added when uploading images. This means that it doesn't matter what the file name is, but it makes it more meaning full if the description begins with the ships name. All photos of the same ship will then appear together.