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 Roger Fletcher for providing a copy of the Fleet News dating back to May/June 1965. I think it is the earliest I have seen. Kirk Has said he hopes to have another batch of the copies provided by Campbell in the next two to three weeks.
I still have a load of photographs to sort through and upload, but other things are taking up my time at the moment. I will get back on it in due course.
Several users have emailed me regarding ploading their own photographs. I've added a set of instructions that should make uploading your photographs fairly straight forward. If you do have problems feel free to drop me an email an I'll do what I can to help.
I've uploaded another 180 images today. I still have a fair few to sort out having found a batch that I had previously missed. These include images not only of the BP Fleet, but Border Boats and Clyde Tankers. I will add these to the site when I have time.