Who we are
At the end of 2012, we had 52 international vessels (37 medium-size crude and product carriers, three very large crude carriers, one North Sea shuttle tanker, eight LNG carriers and three LPG carriers). All these ships are double-hulled. Of the eight LNG carriers, BP manages one on behalf of a joint venture in which it is a participant.
In Alaska, we retain a fleet of four double-hulled vessels. Outside the US, we had 14 specialist vessels (two double-hulled lubricants oil barges and 12 offshore support vessels).
At the end of 2012 BP had 111 hydrocarbon-carrying vessels above 600 deadweight tonnes on time-charter, all of which are double-hulled. All these vessels participate in BP’s Time Charter Assurance Programme.
BP spot-charters vessels, typically for single voyages. These vessels are always vetted for safety assurance prior to each use.
BP uses various craft such as tugs, crew boats and seismic vessels in support of the group’s business. We also use sub-600 deadweight tonne barges to carry hydrocarbons on inland waterways.
Worldwide around 1691 people worked for us at the end of 2012. Some 1,290 of these were sea staff working on our directly operated vessels. The balance worked in offices in the UK, US, Singapore, Australia, Turkey and South Africa.