Phosphate ship breaks apart off Christmas Island

More heavy seas have seen the destruction of the damaged phosphate ship off Christmas Island.

The ship, the Panamanian registered MV Tycoon, was originally damaged last month after wild weather forced it against sea walls at the island’s port after it came loose from its moorings.

Further violent weather has broken the ship into three pieces, spreading the current oil slick, The West reports.

According to Christmas Island administrator Brian Lacy rough seas and discussions over liability have prevented salvage.

Flying Fish Cove, where the incident occurred, has been closed and islanders advised to remain indoors.

Despite fears of heavy environmental damage marine scientists have found no adverse effects to ocean life on the eastern side of the island.

However they are yet to investigate around the wreck due to poor conditions.

The incident comes as the Australian Transport Safety Bureau today releases its preliminary report into the foundering of the Tycoon.

Phosphate Resources, the miner on Christmas Island, has resumed operations.


Image: The West – Amy Rossbach

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