German freighter Mellum Trader stabilized

The West Australian shred a light on what happened to German freighter Mellum Trader off Broome, Australia, in Indian ocean. During Feb 25-26 vessel got a heavy list caused by the shift of heavy lift cargo, oil well casings, which in its’ turn, was caused by rough weather. List achieved some 35 degrees, Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) dispatched two tugs, meanwhile vessel’s crew managed to stabilize vessel and decrease list to 15 degrees. The situation has improved, tugs are alongside Mellum Trader.

But there is a riddle, though. AIS track shows vessel was some 100 nautical miles off Broome at 01:00 (UTC ?) Feb 24, then suddenly took an opposite course and later ran into trouble. AIS says vessel was sailing to Broome, ETA 23:30 Feb 23. On Feb 26 at about 23:30 (UTC ?) vessel was heading west. What does it mean, is yet unexplained. See map at

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