Armored vehicles will be shipped to Morocco

WILMINGTON -- A shipload of tanks were loaded onto a ship at the Port of Wilmington on Monday, destined for northern Africa.

The tanks rolled into Wilmington Thursday by train and were loaded onto the ship Integrity, which is based in Wilmington, Delaware. The 48 armored vehicles are scheduled to be shipped to Morocco, ports spokeswoman Bethany Welch said.

"NC Ports offers roll-on/roll-off options at both the Port of Wilmington & the Port of Morehead City. Here's a great example, a (roll on/roll off) vessel is currently docked in Wilmington and being loaded with tanks!" the N.C. State Ports Authority tweeted Monday, showing a photo of a tank driving onto a ship at the port.

Welch said she had no further information about the tanks, which appeared to be variants of Abrams M-1 tanks with desert camouflage. Welch did not know whether the tanks were destined for a U.S. military base, or if they had been sold to another government.  

Staff writer Tim Buckland contributed to this story.

Reporter Cammie Bellamy can be reached at 910-343-2339 or Cammie.Bellamy@StarNewsOnline.com.