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.
According to Splash247 BP has been struggling to off load portions of its fleet amid a tepid outlook for tankers. BP Shipping started marketing a trio of elderly MR tankers earlier this year, a move that would have removed the outfit’s exposure to the MR sector.
Soon after a transaction was reported on subject, with Korean outt Sinokor condently listed as the taker. No deal was ever finalised however and the 47,000 dwt British Courtesy, British Serenity and British Tranquility are now reported sold again, albeit for a much lower price.
At the end of February the 2005-built sisterships were reported sold en bloc for $12.2m each. Yesterday the ships showed up as sold again. This time, no taker was disclosed, but the price for one of the ships is reported at $10.7m, signicantly less than online portal VesselsValue sets the market price for the ships at.
I've been quite busy this year with other stuff and have not spent a lot of time on this site, certailnly not as much as I should have. Because of this I had not noticed that there was a backlog of nearly 60 people who had tried to register as users, but had for some reason, not been able to complete the process. The registration is an automatic process carried out by the site itself, I only need to intervene if there is a problem.
Clearly there has been a problem which prevented the registration process completing satisfatorily. I should have noticed this sooner, so many apologies to those whose attempts to register were unsuccessful. I have reset the system and resent comfirmation emails where necessary and we have had over 20 new members in the last twenty four hours. Welcome to you all.
I have also been a bit tardy in updating the Fleet Lists, there have been several changes not yet recorded on the site. I'll get that sorted too.
George King died on 8th December 2017. Those of us that were at sea during the 70's will know the name well.
There is an obituary in today's DT for Gabby King. From what I knew of him it seems to sum him up well.
I only met him once, late 1973, when he was, I think, Chief Marine Supt and I was a lowly cadet. I was on the Faith, laid up alongside in Falmouth on the bridge keeping a VHF watch. I heard the agents call and ran into the chartroom (remember them?) to answer the call. Gabby was heading in the other direction and I knocked him A over T. The old man, Jasper Cliffe, was not amused, Gabby took in in good part. Shortly after that I was transferred to the Light. Read into that what you will.
One of the site users has emailed me a link to a YouTube videeo featuring the British Progress (2000-2013), thanks Sam. This is one of a series of six originally shown on UK television in 2008. There is is also a thread on Ships Nostalgia discussing these videos.
The primary focus of the videos is Officer Training, looking at Cadets joing three ships, A Maersk box boat, a Cunard cruise ship and the Progress.