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Century class

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

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British Tradition

The Century Class are the largest tankers to be delivered under BP Shipping’s 2016-17 fleet rejuvenation project and carry crude and dirty products on BP business.


Named in commemoration of BP Shipping’s proud 100 year history, building of the British Century began two weeks into our 100th year. 


The Century class are Suezmax tankers, the largest tankers able to transit the Suez Canal in a laden condition and  specifically designed to fit through the expanded Panama Canal making them particularly versatile. They can lift over one million barrels of oil and will operate worldwide, predominantly focused on long haul dirty trades. 


At the time of delivery, the Century class was amongst the most technologically-advanced tankers in the world and the most fuel-efficient for their size and power.

BP operates these ships with its own crews.

274 metres 
49 metres 
Summer Draft
17.3 metres 
158,295 tonnes (at draft)
Top speed
14.5 knots at 75% MCR
Capacity (98% full) 171,000 cubic metres



  • Type: Oil tanker
  • Hull: Double hull
  • Crew: Typically totals about 25 officers and ratings
  • Class: BP Century class
  • Propulsion: MAN 7G60ME-C9.2 (Tier II) / MCR 14,300 kW
  • Cargo type: Crude oil or Dirty Products




  • Operator: BP Shipping Limited
  • Classification society: Lloyds Register
  • Builder: STX Offshore & Shipbuilding, Goseong, South Korea
  • Vessels in fleet: British Heritage, British Century and British Tradition  




  • Flag: British
  • Port of registry: Douglas, Isle of Man
  • Operates: Worldwide

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