Several crew on UK car and passenger ferry test positive for drugs

More than 10% of crew members aboard P&O Ferries’ Pride of Canterbury have been suspended after testing positive for drugs, according to local reports.

Of 104 crew on the ro-ro car and passenger ferry, 13 failed a random drug test carried out last week by the company during its regularly scheduled service between Dover and Calais.

“As part of routine drugs testing of our crews, 13 individuals on the Pride of Canterbury recorded non-negative tests, which have now been sent for further analysis,” P&O Ferries said, adding that the company operated “a zero tolerance policy towards substance abuse and any employees not complying with it will be dismissed. Urine tests were carried out on Thursday during a number of crossings between Dover and Calais over a four hour period. No substances were found but Port of Dover Police have been routinely informed”. It is thought that no officers tested positive.