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.


By the time I left the sea in 1988 I was heartily sick of paint, particulary of the green, non skid variety! I once did a rough calculation and estimated that an R boat, from the 80's had about 4 acres of green deck. Very happy not to think about it anymore.

Peter Walker has kindly sent me digital copies of Fleet Faxes from 1998 to 2004. I'm not sure when the old Fleet News became a Fleet Fax but it seems to have fulfilled the same purpose!

This article is reproduced from The National UAE. Thanks to MIke Harrison for drawing it to my attention It reports on the British Signal carrying the first cargo of crude from Das Island.

I have been contacted by Philip Preece who is looking for any information about his grandfather, Captain Andrew Preece. He retired, as Commodore, in 1952.

I think it unlikely that anyone using this site will know anything, but if you do, let me know and I'll put you in touch with Philip.


Unfortunately some emails sent automatically by the site are being blocked by some email systems. I am not sure why this is but am trying to get it remedied.

When this happens I normally get an email reporting it and I resolve the situation manually, but if you do not get registered within a couple of days then email me and I will get it sorted out.


UPDATE: I've been it touch with the ISP that host the site. They are aware of the problem which is related to emails sent from their servers to Microsoft related email accounts such as hotmail and users of Outlook. They are working to resolve the issue.

Regular visitors to the site may notice that the two menu items linked to maps showing the current locations of the Fleet are no longer there. The maps were provided by Vessel Finder. Unfortunately they now limit the number of ships which can be flagged as "My Fleet" to 10 for the free account. In order to add more ships a Premium Account, costing £50 p.a. is required. 

Since users can go directly to Vessel Finder to locate ships in which they have an interest I don't feel inclined to cough up  unless users of the site are keen for me to do so. I can't tell how much use has been made of the maps so if you have an opinion one way or the other let me know in the comments below.