BP Shipping careers

BP Shipping

BP Shipping Limited is BP’s longest continuously operating company. Established in 1915 to own and operate BP’s tanker fleet, today it operates an international fleet of 49 vessels – including crude oil and products tankers and LNG carriers. Roaming between Europe, the Middle East, Africa, the Americas and Asia Pacific and all the oceans in between, we have an industry-leading fleet with 28 brand new vessels being delivered in the next three years.

There are many opportunities within BP Shipping that can provide you with a thoroughly rewarding career, which is a mix of what you are good at, what you like to do, and what the organisation needs. 

BP Maritime Services (Singapore) Pte. Ltd., a wholly-owned BP group subsidiary company based in Singapore, employs around 1,000 seafaring officers who crew BP Shipping's ships. To maintain our success, we need ambitious and intelligent people and every year we sponsor a cadre of trainee officers with the expectation that they will graduate into the BP Shipping fleet. 
Technical Roles

These roles support a highly technical/specialised area of work. They often operate independently, demonstrating competency and capability in their area of expertise. Some roles may require guidance and direction, but generally are expected to assume responsibility for a definable piece of work or project.  Some more senior technical roles will also carry with them a managerial or supervisory function and higher levels of risk management.
By building functional expertise in a technical role, an individual may be designated as a 'marine' or 'technical' authority or subject matter expert based on the depth of their skills and knowledge in a specific field.

Examples: Deck Officer, Engineering Officer, Engineer Superintendent, Marine Superintendent, Electrical Engineer,  Structural Engineer, Naval Architect, Maintenance Superintendent, Operating Management System Superintendent, Vetting & Clearance Superintendent, Compliance Superintendent, Audit & Iinspection Superintendent, Marine Standards Superintendent, LNG/Gas Superintendent, Barge Assurance Superintendent, Offshore Assurance Superintendent, Ship Operator, Charterer, Commercial Analyst 

Professional Roles

The purpose of these roles is to provide professional advice in a complex discipline or field. They demonstrate technical and professional skills and focus on developing credibility and a reputation for high quality professional work. They require limited guidance and direction, and are expected to assume responsibility for a definable piece of work and take on leadership roles and/or responsibilities for tasks and projects.

Examples:, Regional Voyage Operations Manager, Charterer, Health & Safety Advisor, Fleet Auditor, Projects Manager, Commercial Manager

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Are you up for the challenge?

Shore-based opportunities for talented professionals, at all levels, including Lead Marine Engineers, Electrical Engineers and Naval Architects, Mechanical and Design Engineers, Marine and more

Robust shipping solutions that span the globe

With some of the most technically advanced vessels in the world, BP Shipping provides safe and environmentally responsible transportation of oil and gas by sea. Our success is critical to keeping the world’s energy supply flowing – key to this is the need for sound marine solutions.

Deep levels of technical marine expertise

We need experienced, skilled marine specialists from a diverse range of disciplines – everything from vessel design and construction to operation including deep sea and offshore, dynamic positioning, vetting systems – to help optimise our operational efficiency and deliver industry leading marine assurance. Whatever role you join us in, one thing is for certain – you’ll be passionate about delivering the highest standards.

Major investment in advanced shipping projects

Solving tomorrow’s global energy challenges demands major investment. Join us and we can promise you the chance to work on some of the most exciting new global shipping projects around, not to mention a competitive salary and benefits package and the perfect platform to make a positive difference to your future.

BP Maritime Services (BPMS), based in Singapore, employs over 1,000 officers serving our fleet around the world.

We’re looking for talented and dedicated officers at all levels to join our high performing team, where the challenge is to work continuously to the highest standards of safety, security and care in a performance-driven culture.

We have a variety of opportunities across the Shipping business unit to support the growth of our fleet so we need exceptional naval architects and marine and electrical engineers with specialist technical skills, to join our passionate team. You’ll have access to unique training and development programmes, and your respect for professional excellence means you’ll be an integral part of building our most impressive fleet to date. 

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Life as a shipping cadet

Katie is a cadet sponsored by BP Maritime Services. She is nearing the end of the three year cadetship programme. Find out about her experiences

What made you choose a career in Shipping?

I joined the BP Maritime Services Sponsored Cadetship Programme in September 2011 after completing a BTEC in Engineering at Loughborough College. A family friend was a seafarer and I thought it sounded a really interesting career, which led me to apply. 

Tell us what you’ve done so far as part of the programme?

I have chosen to convert the Marine Operations Foundation Degree that is a standard part of the programme into a full degree by spending a few extra months studying, supported by BP Maritime Services. Since joining, I’ve had 12 months at sea combined with an initial four month stint at college which for me is at Warsash Maritime Academy in Southampton, along with four other BP Maritime Services sponsored cadets. Other cadets in my intake are studying at different colleges although we did get to meet before we started on an introductory day at BP’s Sunbury offices. It was a great way to get to know each other, meet people who work for BP, and find out a bit more about the role. 

How did you find your first experience at sea?

My first stint at sea was really exciting, but also quite daunting! You really don’t know what to expect until you get on-board. Luckily I was with two other cadets on their first trip which helped, and everyone was very welcoming. It’s a big learning experience, there’s so much information to take on. The size of the ship was surprising, it’s hard to visualise quite how huge the ship is going to be – it was 330m long, that’s three rugby pitches end to end and one of the biggest in our fleet. I enjoyed my time so much I ended up extending an extra two months, so was on the ship for five months in total!