14 Apr 2012

End to blockage of port wanted

5:37 am on 14 April 2012

A union official on Christmas Island has called on the Australian Government to take swift action to remove a shipwrecked freighter blocking the only port there.

The 4,000 tonne MV Tycoon broke up after being slammed into cliffs and a crane pylon at Flying Fish Cove in January.

Since then, the port has been closed, forcing ships to go through the time-consuming task of unloading cargo offshore using barges.

Gordon Thompson from the Christmas Island Union of Workers says the needs to be resolved as soon as possible.

''The government needs to get the salvage experts in immediately to remove the hulk so we can resume proper supply lines for our supply ship,'' he said.

The federal government says removal of the wreck is a priority but it has exhausted all options to force the ship owner's to salvage the ship.

The government is already paying the additional cost of unloading cargo offshore.