Century Class Overview

The Century Class are the largest tankers to be delivered under the BP Shipping fleet rejuvenation project.

From concept design in 2011/2012 through to delivery in 2017, these vessels will be utilised to carry crude and dirty products on BP business.
The Century class are named in commemoration of BP Shipping’s proud 100 year [and counting!] history. Fittingly, the British Century was the first vessel to commence physical construction following BP Shipping’s Centenary; a mere two weeks into our 100th year.  

The Century class are a Suezmax tanker; the largest tankers able to transit the Suez Canal in a laden condition. These Suezmax have also been specifically designed to fit through the expanded Panama Canal making them particularly versatile. The Century Class are able to lift over 1 million barrels of oil and will operate worldwide; predominantly focused on long haul dirty trades.  

At the time of delivery, the Century class will be amongst the most technologically advanced tankers in the world and the most fuel efficient for their size and power. They were designed with BP Shipping’s core principles in mind and have embedded many operating lessons learned from the BP Shipping fleet and industry best practice. 

The Century class were constructed at STX Offshore & Shipbuilding, Goseong, South Korea, flagged with the Isle of Man (Douglas as port of registry) and classed with Lloyds Register classification society. BP operates these ships with its own crews and provisions.