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.
I am still working on the photographs that Bill Harvey kindly provided. It has been a bigger job than I thought and other commitments have taken priority. I hope to start uploading them in the fairly near future.
A couple of weeks ago I had the pleasure of spending a couple of hours with Bill Harvey, one of the co-authors of BP Tankers - A Group Fleet History. During a wide ranging discussion, based mainly, as you may imagine, on shipping, Bill told me he and Ray Solly had virtually completed the research and preparation for a revised edition of the book, intended for publication to coincide with the Centenary celebrations. Unfortunately due to difficulties in reaching agreement between all the parties concerned the project was abandonned.
?Today is the 100th anniversary of the founding of the British Tanker Company on 30th April 1915. There have been good times and bad, but many of us remember our time at sea with affection and although there was a very sour ending for many in 1986, I think we woulld all wish those still involved with the Company all the best for the future.
The BP Magazine, released today, has a section celebrating the achievements of the company todate and also remembering the black spots. The magazine can be dowloaded from the BP web site or from here.
I have added fields to the Fleet and Staff List which will indicate the date the record was last edited. You may have noticed that some of the labels at the top of the lists are blue, clicking on these allows the sort order to be changed, so using the Last Edited field to sort descending will bring the records which have been most recently added or edited to the top of the list.
Bill Harvey has kindly sent details of the newbuild programme. I have added all the details to the Fleet List, but the newbuilds can be viewed by visiting Newbuild Programme, a summary of the schedule is tabled as Newbuild Delivery Schedule.