Baleen class Heavy Tanker

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Baleen class Heavy Tanker
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Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Type: TF Tanker
Also see Tanker
Blueprint No
Canon {{{canon}}}
Cargo 300 Tons
Tankage 22200 Tons
Cost MCr18685.440 (base)
MCr14948.352 (qty)
Crew 222
Officers 45
Enlisted 177
Hardpoints 400
Hull Dispersed Structure Hull
Jump J-2
Maneuver 2 G
Model Model/4
Origin Distant Fringe
Passengers 14 High/Med 20 Low
QSP Not applicable
Reference Ade Alagoric Stewart
Size 40,000 Tons
Streamlining Unstreamlined Hull
Tech Level TL–11
USP TH–N222242–090000–80006-0
Starships are designed with the Classic Traveller format, using High Guard.

The Baleen class Heavy Tanker is a mercantile starship.

Description (Specifications)[edit]

This is a generic class of civilian vessel.

The Heavy Tanker is a large commercial tanker encountered within the Distant Fringe region. It is classified as a Bulk Cargo Carrier and is constructed as a conventional design. Similar designs have been in use from the time the Distant Fringe was first settled.

  • The vessel is a TL-11 design.

Image Repository[edit]

J2 40000dT Heavy Tanker.jpg
A Baleen class Heavy Tanker.

Basic Ship Characteristics[edit]

Following the Imperial Navy and IISS Universal Ship Profile and data, additional information is presented in the format shown here. The small craft factor indicates the number of squadrons (of ten craft) carried on the ship. Tonnage on the universal ship profile is shown in kilotons (thousands of tons) where necessary. [1]

Basic Ship Characteristics [2]
No. Category Remarks
1. Tonnage The Heavy Tanker is constructed using a 40,000 dTon hull built in a conical configuration. The hull is fully streamlined, giving good atmospheric performance that is further enhanced by its onboard gravitic systems.
2. Crew Total Crew Complement: 222
  • x20 Command, x56 Engineering, x25 Gunnery, and x120 Service, of which 3 double up as flight crew for the subcraft as necessary. In addition, the vessel carries x1 Medical and x2 Passenger Stewards.


There are 150 Staterooms.

There are 20 Low Berths. These are tended by the vessel's medic.

Accessible areas of the hull are fitted with grav plates and inertial compensators and have full life support and environmental systems.

  • There are internal monitoring and security systems throughout the vessel. Sections of the ship can be isolated in the event of an emergency.
  • There are multiple Emergency Lockers.
3. Performance The vessel mounts a DeVoss-type Jump-2 drive, a Maneuver-1 drive, and a Power Plant-2, giving performance of Jump-2, 1-G acceleration, and producing 800 Energy Points. The ship has an agility rating of 1 and an emergency agility of 2. The internal fuel tankage is sufficient for one Jump-2 and gives the power plant 4 weeks duration.
  • The engineering section has a main control room.
    • Ladders, gantries and platforms give access to the machinery.
  • The jump drive utilizes a hull grid.
  • The jump drive is fitted with a jump governor.
4. Electronics Adjacent to the bridge is a Model/4 Computer: the vessel has a backup Model/4 Computer.
5. Hardpoints x400 hardpoints.
  • The listed battery groupings are considered standard for the class. Alternative battery groupings may be designated for specific routes.
  • There are 160 unused hardpoints and 160 dTons are set aside for fire control.
6. Armament The normal weapons fit-out for a Heavy Tanker is:
7. Defenses The hull is unarmored.
  • x100 triple Sandcaster turrets, grouped into ten batteries each of 10 linked turrets
  • The vessel is not fitted with screens or other passive defensive systems.
8. Craft Flight Section

The subcraft are housed in dedicated hangers located at strategic points around the vessel: the hangers can be sealed and have a total volume of 195 dTons.

9. Fuel Treatment The vessel has internal fuel tankage of 8,800 dTons.

Commercial fuel tankage amounts to 22,200 dTons.

The vessel is designed to be capable of skimming and refining fuel from wilderness sources.

10. Cost The basic cost of the vessel, complete with its complement of subcraft, is MCr18,685.440.
  • If multiple examples of the design are ordered all of the ships in the production run qualify for a 20% discount, which reduces the price per unit to MCr14,948.352.
  • The vessel and its subcraft are standard designs. Detailed architectural plans are widely available and no design fee is chargeable.
11. Construction Time 184 weeks (46 months) as standard.
  • Build times can be reduced by mass production and the efficiencies such processes generate, by increased financing, and by allotting additional yard resources and facilities to the construction contract.
12. Comments Standard cargo capacity amounts to 300 dTons.
  • The cargo hold can be sealed and has independent life support and environmental systems.
  • Sections of the hold may be isolated if desired and can be provided with specialized environmental conditions, typically refrigeration.

History & Background (Dossier)[edit]

The design is representative and a large number of variants exist, particularly with regard to the allotted weapons systems, onboard electronics, and the fit out of internal spaces.

  • Vessels of this type are operated by commercial Gas Traders.

Class Naming Practice/s & Peculiarities[edit]

Different examples of the design are known by many different names but all have very similar performance characteristics and capabilities. They are nicknamed "Fuglies".

Selected Variant Types & Classes[edit]

Bulk Cargo Carrier:

  • Tanker
    • Baleen class Heavy Tanker

References & Contributors (Sources)[edit]

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This article was copied or excerpted from the following copyrighted sources and used under license from Far Future Enterprises or by permission of the author.

  1. Timothy B. Brown. Fighting Ships (Game Designers Workshop, 1981), 10.
  2. Timothy B. Brown. Fighting Ships (Game Designers Workshop, 1981), 10.