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SA experts fly in to Christmas Island

2 February 2012

An oil spill response expert from South Australia is currently on Christmas Island helping with clean up operations as oil continues to spill from a damaged vessel.

In early January the Panama-flagged MV Tycoon broke its moorings in Flying Fish Cove, Christmas Island and was broken up by the severe weather.

Phosphate and oil stored on the vessel has continued to leak and is reaching nearby beaches.

The Transport Safety Compliance Officer from the Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure has joined a team from around Australia to try and contain and clean up the pollution. Another staff member from the department is also on his was to assist.

Sixteen large bags of solid waste (heavy oiled drift wood, 205 litre drums and life buoys) were removed over the weekend.

Washing of rocks continues.

Recovering oil from the stricken vessel was not possible due to risks and lack of technical equipment.

Christmas Island is one of the world's significant seabird islands. The island also supports over 20 land crab species, including an estimated 50 million red crabs who shape and maintain the health of the island's unique rainforests.

 

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