Sunday, 13 May 2018

The Bulgarian merchant fleet according to a CIA report dated 4 September 1953

An item reported that the Bulgarian merchant fleet consisted of the cargo ships of around 7.500 tons Bulgaria, around 5.000 tons Rodinam around 3.500 tons Nikola Vaptsarov, around 3.200 tons Khristo Smirnenski, around 750 tons Dimitur Kondov and Elagoy Kasabov, around 300 tons Purvi May, around 250 tons Dobrudzha and 250 tons Rila and the 200 tons passenger ships, Kaliakra and Emona. The cargo ships were mainly active on lines towards the Soviet Union, Albania, Turkey, Greece, Italy, Israel (Haifa), Malta, Egypt (Alexandria) and French Morocco. Occasionally were by the larger ships Western European, Scandinavian or British harbours visited. Major part pf the voyages were between Bulgarian harbours and Odessa [nowadays Ukraine]. Towards the Soviet Union were mainly minerals, grain, fruit and tomato sauce shipped and on the homeward voyage USSR factory machinery.

The report was published on, document number CIA-RDP80-00810A002200170042-3