TOTAL SOVIET MERCHANT FLEET (S-4478)

Created: 7/14/1972

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at the total Soviet merchant fleet, but most particularly, those capable of carrying grain including tankers, how many have never been to Cuban or DRv ports since our policy was not to allow

f1Scountries to

call. ports?

merchant fleet at the end1

consistedhios4 million

SaiTiSfT} in previous

S t0 thGhat ^ tankers and dry cargo vessels are

likely to be used, vessels of either type of less0 DOT are unlikely to be used in significant numbers. The exclusion of these drv" !LS IS* leaVe!ankers and

PSotal of 8DWT that could be used.Lo earry grain. Of these, a

stSoiflJ?echaPs as high, havelt 2 Clther CuoanNorth VietnameseS?? iraetipulated in the lower hnSf percenLa^ecould be somewhaL lower, however, inasmuch as many of these ships aree Cuban and North Vietnamese

noC per;jit the elimination ot possible double.

liCalGSoviet-Cuban trade inn Hr Cyhip calls5

cy cargo ships could also ^

SSSIol^iSi!-gcain lift on thei*

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If other Soviet ships are to be used,WT would be required to novo one nillion tons of grain per year.* The USSR probably would not be able toonnage of this oresser magnitude available on short noticerAin lift from the US. With almost half of itn own seaborne trade still moving in foreign ships, the USSR has little difficulty in keeping its own ships fully employed. Thus, even after the USSR had mado the decision toWT of its ships toift, it might be three months before all the required ships could be released from their previous commitjnents.

Assumes all grain moving eastbound across Atlantic fromWT,not dry

Question 2, State Department is alleging that7 the OAS wasesolution that member states would decline to ship any Latin American government or government-financed cargo on vessels that called at Cuban ports.

a. Was this resolution adopted?

Yes. The Ministerial level session of the Twelfth Meeting of OAS Consultations of Ministers f Foreign Affairs inith the exceptions of Mexico who abstained, unanimously adopted broad resolutions condemning Cuba's export of revolution and recommending restrictions on trade. Included in these resolutions was paragraphesolution III which recommended that the governments of member states decline to ship any governmental or government-financed cargo in any vessel that,the date of this, has engaged in the shipment of cargo to or from Cuba. In addition, the governments of the member states were to take necessary measures to prohibit the supply of fuel to any such vessel in their ports, with the exception of cases in which shipments are made for humanitarian purposes.

b. Is it in effect now?

Yes. This resolution is currently in effect and we are.not aware of any countries in violation of the resolution.

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