Discarded syringe sparks BP drugs test

A syringe that was found discarded on a flotel next to a BP North Sea platform on Saturday has sparked a drugs test among hundreds of workers.

The syringe was found onboard the Safe Caledonia flotel, next to the Etap platform, on 15 April.

“In line with our zero tolerance policy for substance misuse, we have chosen to the take the precautionary step of testing all those onboard,” a spokesperson said.

Of around 450 people tested so far, two people have returned onshore for further examination.


Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.
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