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 have just uploaded another batch of Fleet News, November 1980 to February 1982. We seem to be missing issue 134, December 1980. It may turn up later.


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.


The issues asscoiated with uploading photographs and the links from Latest Comments and the Latest/Random Galleries have now been resolved. Unfortunately part of the problem was the way I had configured the Alpabetical Gallery so in order the prevent this week's problems recurring I have removed the alphabetically sorted gallery. The gallery now shows photos sorted with the newest images first.