American military equipment in the Port of Gdynia
On Sunday, February 13, the pure car track carrier ARC Defender called at Gdynia. She arrived to collect another batch of equipment from the American army stationed in Europe. The operation took place on the premises of the Baltic Container Terminal. The army equipment is stored at the Port of Gdynia storage yard at Logistyczna Street.
On Sunday, February 13, about 300 pieces of various US Army equipment were loaded on board the ship. These included containers of equipment and combat vehicles. The equipment is returning to the United States.
On January 31, the American equipment arrived in Gdynia. It was then unloaded at the BCT container terminal and delivered to a storage depot near the Stena Line ferry terminal and container terminals. Sunday’s loading on board the ARC Defender also took place at BCT, cooperating with the US Army in transshipments for the military for several years. The equipment is carried by the American Roll-On Roll-Off Carrier (ARC).
This is another military transport that has recently been handled at the Port of Gdynia. This year, the aforementioned ARC Patriot ship was hosted here at the beginning of February. Over 200 pieces of the Battalion 185th Infantry Regiment equipment from California were unloaded, and equipment of 3rd Battalion 161st Infantry US Army was sent to the United States.
It was not the first time that military equipment was transshipped in Tri-City ports. In July last year, the Port of Gdynia received a large shipment of military equipment – tanks and combat vehicles. The vehicles belonging to the 1st Infantry Division of the US Army came to Poland from Fort Riley on board two ships. The equipment came to Europe to support the US military.
In 2020, the American car carrier ARC Independence moored at the Baltic Container Terminal. After a short stopover, the ship took heavy military vehicles on board and left the Port of Gdynia.
Tanks are also sometimes found in transport on the Gdynia-United States route. For example, Abrams’ model vehicles, the so-called basic tanks of the US armed forces, were transshipped at the Port of Gdynia in September 2019. The unusual cargo arrived at the BCT terminal by rail and was then loaded and shipped to the United States.