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.


 

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.

Regards

Chris
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.

Regards

Chris