BP Constructs 'Floating Hotels' for Workers
Living quarters are spartan, but come with soap
By Emily Rauhala,  Newser User
Posted Jun 1, 2010 8:15 AM CDT
Floating living quarters for Deepwater Horizon oil spill cleanup workers, known as "flotels" at a dock in Grand Isle, Louisiana.    (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
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(Newser) – BP has built floating hotels—or 'flotels'—to accommodate more than 500 workers hired to clean up the disastrous Gulf spill. Conditions are spartan: Each facility consists of 40-foot-long corrugated steel boxes stacked two high and three wide atop a barge in the Gulf of Mexico. But the military-style quarters are not devoid of creature comforts, notes the AP. Each unit's 12 bunks come equipped with a towel, washcloth, and individually wrapped bar of soap. Um, thanks?