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British Tanker Co

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1946. Motor Tanker. "Empire Jupiter"

1915. Formed to carry products for the Anglo-Persian Oil Co.[1]

1926 Took delivery of the oil tanker British Inventor built by Palmers Shipbuilding and Iron Co following successful trials.[2]

1955. Became the BP Tanker Co (BPTC)[3]

By the end of the 1950s, the BPTC's fleet stood at 146 vessels, including super-tankers of 38,000 gross tonnage (67,000 deadweight tonnes), with plans to build tankers of 60,000 gross tonnage (100,000 deadweight tonnes), which would hold more than 25 million US gallons (95,000 m3) of crude oil.[4]

1981. the company was renamed BP Shipping Ltd to reflect its changing role in managing the tanker fleet.[5]

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