British Columbia ship captain refuses random drug testing

Tugboat operator called screening 'medical examinations'
By John Dujay
|Canadian Labour Reporter|Last Updated: 04/04/2017

A ship’s captain — with more than 36 years of service at Seaspan in British Columbia — was slotted into inactive duty after he refused to take a random drug test.

Mark Chambers was employed by the company as a tugboat captain when an April 21, 2015, company letter ordered him to undertake mandatory drug and alcohol testing to satisfy requirements of a contract to handle cargo for Shell Trading Canada, as well as others such as Exxon Mobil and Imperial Oil.

Chambers called the letter “insulting and degrading” and told Rob Armstrong, port captain, that random drug testing was illegal in Canada and he wouldn’t submit to it.