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.


 

The 270 metres long, 52 meters wide FPSO, to be named Glen Lyon, is currently under construction at a Hyundai Heavy Industry shipyard in South Korea.
Once completed, the vessel will be deployed in the UK sector of the North Sea, west of the Shetland Islands, as part of BP’s Quad 204 development project.

I think I've finally got through the photographs and uploaded all those of the BP deep sea fleet, I have uploaded the last 140 images. I still have the Border Boats, Clyde Tankers and the coastal fleet to sort out along will several hundered other images of ships, tugs, barges etc associated with BP over the years. I suspect I'll do the border boats, clyde tankers and the coasters and then call it a draw. I'm not sure the users of this site will have any interest in the rest.
I've just uploaded another batch of 120+ photos from the Respect to the Trader. I've also added a new article about contacting other users, which can be done quite easily through the site.

Regards

Chris
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.

Regards

Chris
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.

Regards

Chris