The freighter Tycoon broke its moorings on January 8 and smashed against the rocky cliffs in Flying Fish Cove, Christmas Island. The Tycoon has broken apart spilling its cargo and releasing its diesel and fuel oil into water. Three weeks later, the Tycoon still rests broken along the sea wall. The heavy seas has prevented any salvage operations and a large oil slick still continues to cover a large area of the cove. One report states the water is nearly pitch black with oil. There had been some hope that the oil would be washed out to sea, but the oil has washed up along the beaches. Authorities state that no operations can begin until weather conditions improve.