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 uploaded another 120 images today, leaving another 250 to sort. Todays images cover ships from 1917 to 2000, the British Light to the British Resource.

Regards

Chris
I've uploaded another 100+ images today, various ships from the British Gannet to the British Liberty, from 1917 to 2004. Only another 400 or so to go! I hope you find them interesting.

Regards

Chris
I think I've got the various issues with the galleries and comments sorted out now. I hope I haven't caused too much disruption to those of you on the site over the last day or so as I've been messing with the nuts and bolts of the site.

There are now two versions of the Gallery, one sorted alphabetically on the image description (not the file name!) and the other sorted with the newest images first. They both show the same images and any associated comments and can be searched to show images where the descrition contains the text entered in the search box.

I am aware that there is a bit of an issue with comments added to images in the new gallery. Comments are correctly recorded and displayed with the image but as they are not appearing in the list of Latest Comments on the home page. I'm not sure why this is, but I will try and rectify it as soon as possible.

Secondly a couple of people have asked how to uplad images to the new Gallery so here are some quick instructions for those who are having problems.

Well, what has been going on today a sudden influx of registrations, 20 so far!

I have published the first batch of photos that I have been working on from Bill Harvey, see Gallery: Alphabetical.

We are nearly up to 150 users. Welcome all! A particular welcome to those of you that I sailed with, Syd Garratt (Osprey and Vic Bilh), Rod Gow (Hawthorn?), Dave Bone (?), Dave Thomas (College in Plymouth), Jon Dixon (?). Apologies to anyone I missed.

Migration to the new server is now complete, hopefully site response will be faster and there is now capacity to store more information, including many more photographs.

Regards

Chris