Another batch of Abrams tanks has arrived in Swinoujscie

On Saturday, 6 January, the multipurpose ship Spuigracht arrived in Poland with a new shipment of military equipment comprising 29 M1A1 Abrams tanks and 79 M-ATVs. The unloading began on Monday.

This has not been stated directly and officially, but the information published by the Armament Agency on its website, as well as the photos published by Paweł Bejda, Secretary of State at the Ministry of Defence, on his official social media profile, when juxtaposed with publicly available information on ship movements and ships in port (various services using AIS data) make it rather clear that it was the Polish-built Spuigracht that brought another batch of equipment for the Polish Army to Świnoujście.

After a voyage that began on 23 December in Charleston, the ship moored last Saturday at the unloading quay of the Euro Terminal Ltd in the Atlantic Basin of Świnoujście’s inner harbour.

The Spuigracht represents a series of highly versatile, multipurpose vessels, capable of handling heavy and bulky cargoes, of the B587/IV design from Szczecin Shipyard. It handed over four such vessels to the Dutch shipowner between 2000 and 2001 and the fifth in 2004. Spuigracht (IMO No. 9202534; GT 16,639; deadweight 21,449t) dates from 2001.

On Monday, 8 January 2024, a ship with American equipment for the Polish army began unloading in Świnoujście. This is the third tranche of M1A1 Abrams tanks, purchased in January last year, for the needs of the Polish Armed Forces. The ongoing delivery includes 29 tanks and a supply of consumables.

Along with the tanks, 79 Oshkosh M-ATVs of the Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) type arrived in Poland, purchased on 31 July last year under the EDA (Excess Defense Articles) programme. The beneficiary of the order is the Land Forces.



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