For more than a century, BP Shipping has transported oil and gas products across the world’s oceans. It is BP’s oldest continuously operating business unit, with a history that dates to 1915, when the British Tanker Company began carrying products from Persia.
Today, BP Shipping brings the company’s oil and gas cargoes to market while providing technical and maritime expertise to business activities around the globe. Its U.S. operations include onshore offices in Houston, Chicago, Anchorage and Washington state. In 2015, BP Shipping completed about 1,100 voyages to or from U.S. ports and moved more than 46 million tons of cargo, using a combination of company operated, time-chartered or spot-chartered vessels.
Between 2016 and 2019, the business plans to deliver 28 deep-sea oil tankers and six liquefied natural gas tankers into the BP-operated fleet, replacing some of its older vessels. The new vessels feature propulsion technology and hull forms designed to increase fuel efficiency and reduce emissions.
BP also owns a 25 percent stake in the Alaska Tanker Company (ATC), which it helped create in 1999 to consolidate all of its Alaskan crude oil shipping requirements into one operating company. ATC’s four tankers deliver crude oil from the Valdez Marine Terminal in Alaska to facilities on the West Coast and in Hawaii. BP Shipping works hard to ensure the safety of its own carriers as well as third-party vessels moving BP cargoes. For example, it runs a ship-vetting and port/terminal inspection program in which BP teams rigorously assess vessels based on a range of criteria, including management, operational, crewing and structural standards.
“Whether they’re at sea or onshore, the men and women of BP Shipping hold safety as their highest priority,” says Jeff Johnson, president of BP Shipping USA. “As an organization, we are relentless in our commitment to safety as we work to responsibly deliver the energy America needs.”
In 2015, the Chamber of Shipping of America (CSA) recognized the crews of 33 BP vessels for their excellent safety performance and honored them with CSA’s prestigious Jones Devlin Award. To receive the award, a merchant marine vessel must operate for at least two years without a crew member losing a full turn at watch due to an occupational injury.