Analysis of the rapidly growing Soviet mercantile fleet reveals not only an expansion at a rate well in excess of one million tons per year, but also—and far less widely known—an expansion facilitated to a significant extent by foreign shipyards and engine manufacturing plants outside the Soviet Union.
Recently available Russian data describes additions to this fleet totalling 308 ships of 1.2 million gross tons, mostly registered during 1966. The objective of this discussion is the analysis of this new segment of the Soviet merchant fleet with respect to its propulsion units, particularly the diesel systems in use. For that purpose, basic data on main engines in the Russian Register Supplement No. 2 of 1967 was merged with descriptive listings in Lloyd’s Register and material in the author’s files.