Christmas Island phosphate miner to resume exports

 Phosphate Resources has announced it will resume shipping bulk phosphate after the dramatic destruction of a cargo ship at the island’s port.

Earlier this month, wild weather saw a cargo ship carrying phosphate break against the coast of Christmas Island.

The MV Tycoon reportedly smashed into the sea wall during heavy swells after it came loose from its moorings over the weekend.

The ship had been loading phosphate from the Christmas Island mines over the past three days.

Concerns were raised over the potential danger the ship’s leaking diesel fuel may have on the local wildlife and coral reefs.

While it resumed shipping yesterday, the miner stated that "further shipments of bagged phosphate dust are likely to be delayed until March".

However, the miner expects that it will not have an impact upon annual production.

Commenting on the ecological impact of the incident, Phosphate said "the unfortunate minor aesthetic pollution in the northern rocky corner of Flying Fish cover caused by the shredding of 2300 fifty kilo laminated woven poly propolene phosphate dust bags has now been cleaned up by company employees assisted by local community volunteers.

"The 100 tonnes of light fuel oil and 260 tonnes of phosphate dust lost has totally dissipated and appears not to have caused environmental damage. The enormous ocean depth in Flying Fish cove means these quantities are so miniscule that they are immeasurable.

The company went on to state that "there has been no visual impact on the beach at the cove and the return of the red crab spawn in that sector of the island appears unaffected".

However, local and twitter users @SupHaterz_, posted a picture showing the extent of the oil spill, adding that "I can smeel diesel fuel from Settlement".

Phosphate Resources went on to slam coverage of the incident in some circles.

"The board regrets the misinformation that has been carried in some of the mainstream media. Unfortunately there has been a number of instances of self-appointed environmental experts and other being quoted who have little direct knowledge of the situation and a predisposition against mining".

Image: Twitter- @SupHaterz_

 

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