A shipwrecked freighter blocking the only port on Christmas island for almost seven months, has finally been removed.
The MV Tycoon broke in half after being smashed against cliffs in heavy seas in January
The Australian Maritime Safety Authority coordinated the eight week salvage operation, during which 1600 tonnes of scrap metal was removed from the wreck site.
The wreck forced the closure of the port and hampered the delivery of cargo which had to be unloaded offshore and ferried to Flying Fish Cove on barges.
The Authority managed the $5 million clean up because it says the owners refused to take responsibility.
AMSA spokesman Toby Stone says the Authority will be seeking to recover the costs.
"Right at the very start of the incident we talked at length with the Tycoon owners, but they were not willing to take positive action, so we had no option but to step in and remove the wreck on the owners behalf," he said.
"But of course we won't rest here; we will endeavour to get full cost recovery."
AMSA says a survey of the area has shown there was minimal environmental damage from the incident.