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A Merchant Vessel is a ship and crew engaged primarily in trade and commerce.

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Description (Specifications)[edit]

Merchant ships range in size from small 200 ton Far and Free Trader class ships to large liners and cargo vessels of up to 10,000 tons displacement. The crews of these ships are also referred to as Merchants.

Strategy & Tactics (Doctrine)[edit]

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Supraclass Roles[edit]

Merchant Vessels typically serve the following roles:

  1. Bulk Cargo Carrier
  2. Bulk Freighter
  3. Freighter
    1. Heavy Freighter
    2. Light Freighter
    3. Medium Freighter
  4. Liner
    1. Cargo Liner
    2. Luxury Liner
    3. Passenger Liner
  5. Merchant Vessel AKA Merchant
  6. Provincial Merchant
  7. Tanker
  8. Trader Vessel AKA Trader
  9. Transport

Supraclass Archtypes[edit]

Merchant Ship Types include the following:

Merchant Supraclass Archtypes
Archtype Type Code TL Range Remarks
Armored Merchant MA TBD Any starship used for interstellar trade, and commerce that has been set up with weapon systems for defense.
Merchant Liner MD TBD Merchant Liners are general-purpose design starships, intended to carry both passengers and freight. They are larger than the Far Traders intended for cargoes over 200 tons and over a dozen passengers
Subsidized Merchant MG TBD In subsidized commerce, a local government (or a group of several worlds) agree to subsidize the construction of commercial starships in return for their servicing established routes. Ideally, the route will be profitable, and the subsidy can soon be ended. But, even without profits, the route provides a channel for interstellar trade, helping to provide markets for resources and finished goods as well as, enabling people from different world to share their cultures.

Typically, governments expect subsidized merchants to try to establish routes to make at least marginal profits to diminish the government expense burden. Although individual ports of call may not always provide sales at high margins, at least initially, the ultimate goal is to make the ship self-sufficient. Unfortunately all subsidized merchants are not all profitable and these ships may be recipients of government subsidies for years. Governments have to factor in the benefits derived from the established routes against the costs of maintaining the subsidy. This often becomes the deciding factor with somewhat isolated worlds with limited markets.

Far Trader ML TBD A Far Trader is a small starship commonly used for interstellar trade and commerce that is capable of jump 2. Hundreds of variants exist. The typical size equals 200 tons.
Free Trader ML TBD A Free Trader is a small starship commonly used for interstellar trade and commerce that is capable of jump 1. Hundreds of variants exist. The typical size equals 200 tons.
Frontier Trader MS TBD A heavily armed transport normally doing business with fringe systems.
Merchant Cruiser MS TBD A generic term applied to vessels specifically assigned to independent missions, the prime objective of which is market discovery and acquisition, either in isolation or in completion with other merchant operators. Design parameters for such vessels usually include a high level of weaponry and auxiliary boats in proportion to their cargo capacity and all possible back-up systems, along with high structural integrity.

Also called an Armed Merchantman, as merchant cruisers are unusally armed. A starship merchant primarily intended for independent cruising in undeveloped trade areas where high survivability is also a design factor.

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Selected Variant Types & Classes[edit]


Merchant Vessels:
Free Trader:

  1. Type A class Free Trader
  2. Type A-J2 class Free Trader
  3. Type A-P class Free Trader
    1. Basil class Merchant
    2. Beowulf class Free Trader
    3. Moraine class Free Trader
    4. Regni Yards Type A class Free Trader

Far Trader:

  1. Type A1 class Far Trader
  2. Type A2 class Far Trader
    1. Avian class Far Trader
    2. Empress Marava class Far Trader
    3. Garu class Far Trader
    4. Hero class Far Trader
    5. Jayhawk class Far Trader
    6. Prince Ferren class Far Trader
  3. Type A2L class Far Trader

Deep Trader / Fast Trader:

  1. Type A3 class Fast Trader
    1. Trojan Reaches Type A3 class Trader
  2. Type A3L class Far Trader

Armored Trader / Frontier Trader:

  1. Type AA class Armored Merchant
    1. Ronkli class Combat Transport
    2. Star class Armored Merchant

Subsidized Liner:

  1. Type M class Subsidized Liner
    1. Condor class Subsidized Liner
    2. Eakhau class Merchant
    3. Khershawn class Trader
    4. Lord Somerset class Subsidized Liner
    5. Queen class Modular Subsidized Merchant [1]
    6. Stellar class Subsidized Liner

Passenger Liner:

  1. Type R class Luxury Liner
    1. Animal class Liner
    2. Astral Splendour class Luxury Liner
    3. Brilliant Gem class Cruise Liner
    4. Celestial Star class Liner
    5. Codori Prime class Luxury Liner
    6. Fringian Cruise Liner
    7. Fringian Passenger Liner
    8. Independence of the Stars class Liner
    9. King Richard class Interstellar Liner
    10. Royal class Liner
    11. Shianjo class Liner
    12. Stellar class Liner
    13. World class Luxury Liner
  2. Type RT class Longliner
    1. Bright Conclave class High Liner
    2. Brilliance class Long Liner
    3. Jelmirt Marquis class High Liner
    4. Mapepire Dream class Jumpliner
    5. Nebula class Starliner
    6. Pride of Vland class Long Liner

Cargo Liner:

  1. Type RC class Cargo Liner
    1. Anhk class Merchant
    2. Bastien class Merchant Liner
    3. Bloodwell class Merchant
    4. Caccil class Merchant
    5. Dakaar class Merchant Transport
    6. Fringian Cargo Barge
    7. Garrett Durant class Cargo Hauler
    8. Hercules class Cargo Transport
    9. Jose Cadiz Royal Galleon class Cargo Carrier
    10. Vespir class Large Freighter
    11. Xeekr'kir! class Merchant
  2. Type RM class Merchant Liner
    1. Gamma Haden class Liner
    2. Highlander class Exploratory Merchant
    3. Khtukhao class Clan Transport
    4. Kolomyia class Merchant Liner
    5. Orowani Deep Space class Light Liner
    6. Soho class Light Freighter
    7. Star Merchant class Liner
    8. Triad class Merchant
    9. Yeoman class Attack Cargo Vessel

Clipper:

  1. Type R class Clipper
    1. Aurora class Clipper
    2. Maggart class Clipper

Subsidized Merchant:

  1. Type R class Subsidized Merchant AKA Fat Trader AKA Subsidized Merchant
    1. Akkigish class Subsidized Merchant
    2. Gyro Cadis class Subsidized Merchant
    3. March class Subsidized Merchant
  2. Type R2 class Subsidized Merchant
    1. Athelstan class Merchant
    2. Khtukhao class Clan Transport [2]
    3. Petty class Subsidized Merchant
  3. Type RAX class Protected Merchant
  4. Type RL class Subsidized Merchant
  5. Type RL2 class Subsidized Merchant
  6. Type RQ class Subsidized Merchant
  7. Type RX class Merchant Trader

Ship Summary List[edit]

86 Representative Merchant or Trader (A) Classes

Class Origin Hull designation Technology level Tonnage Jump Drive
Class Origin Hull designation Technology level Tonnage Jump Drive
Baron class Transport Tanker Principality of Caledon AF 12 60,000 3
Bellicose class Assault Tanker The Biumvirate AF 10 6,071 1
Beowulf class Free Trader Third Imperium A2 10 200 1
Briareus class Repair Ship Third Imperium ASA 0 20,000 0
Champa class Fleet Replenishment Ship Third Imperium AM 15 100,000 4
Chapter class Battle Transport The Protectorate AD 12 100,000 3
Chtierabl class Transport Zhodani AM 13 10,000 3
Compassionate class Tanker Old Worlds AF 12 300,000 3
Culgoa class Supply Ship Third Imperium AM 13 3,400 4
Dal Hallen class Light Transport Rimward Federation AM 10 600 1
Donskoy Kasak class Degaussing Vessel Third Imperium AU 15 1,000 1
Dromedary class Tanker/Replenishment Ship Third Imperium AZA 15 300,000 4
Duke class Jump Tanker Principality of Caledon AF 12 75,000 3
Entremis class Military Transport Unity of Sed AM 11 8,000 2
Exad class Fleet Replenishment Ship The Last Line AM 11 2,000 2
Faith class Brigade Transport Zydarian Codominium AD 10 20,000 1
Fanzhhienz class Far Trader Zhodani Consulate A2 9 200 2
Fat Cat class Far Trader Third Imperium A3
Fournir class Fleet Replenishment Ship Strend Cluster AM 14 10,000 3
Garrett Durant class Cargo Hauler Distant Fringe AM 12 3,000 1
Garu class Far Trader Third Imperium A2 200
Ghent class Medical Frigate Third Imperium AC 15 4,000 4
Giant class Tanker Third Imperium AFA 15 600,000 4
Glacier class Store Ship Third Imperium AM 13 8,300 4
Globus class Fleet Replenishment Vessel Third Imperium AM 15 30,000 4
Great Eastern class Troop Transport Third Imperium ADL 15 50 0
Hecla class Destroyer Tender Third Imperium AT 10,000 2
Hnneshant class Trade Boat Vargr Extents A1
Hong Cha class Tanker Celestial League AF 10 10,000 1
Hummock class Replenishment Ship Principality of Caledon AMA 12 5,000 2
Iadiadlsiz class Fleet Tanker Zhodani AF 14 480,000 3
Ice Rock class Fleet Tanker Third Imperium AFA 15 980,000 4
Integrity class Tanker Khuur League Fleet AF 12 89,000 3
Irale class Brigade Transport Third Imperium AD 15 120,000 4
Ish'ka class Tanker Sath Alliance AF 11 6,000 2
Jack Driscoll class Bulk Freighter Nexus Fleet Forces AM 11 5,000 2
Jade Serpent class Fleet Support Vessel Federation of Alsas AM 12 2,600 1
Jolly Green Giant class Tanker Third Imperium AF 15 400,000 4
Khas'ahi class Troop Transport Sath Alliance AD 10 40,000 1
Lake class Fleet Tanker Sword Worlds AF 11 99,000 2
Last Armada class Frontier Tanker Third Imperium AF 11 99,000 2
Legion class Assault Transport Third Imperium AD 15 300,000 4
Mammoth class Freighter The Biumvirate AM 10 18,051 1
McCrawley class Attack Transport Third Imperium ADL 15 9,600 4
Mi Fan class Replenishment Vessel Celestial League AM 10 2,000 1
Modular Heavy class Fleet Auxiliary Principality of Caledon AMA 12 10,000 1
Modular Light class Fleet Auxiliary Principality of Caledon AML 12 1,000 1
Monstrosity class Fleet Tanker Third Imperium AFA 15 1,000,000 6
Mountain class Replenishment Ship Principality of Caledon AMA 12 90,000 3
Nexus Garrison class Troop Transport Distant Fringe ADL 11 2,800 2
Nexus Kandor class Tanker Distant Fringe AF 12 7,000 2
Nexus Locker class Fleet Replenishment Ship Distant Fringe AM 11 800 2
Notorious class Troop Transport Federation of Alsas ADA 12 39,000 2
Orowani Deep Space class
Heavy Tanker
Bright Conclave AF 11 40,000 2
Panam Ajax class Logistics Transport Third Imperium AML 15 6,000 4
Panther class Repair Vessel Third Imperium AM 13 4,400 4
Pinyin class Treasure Galleon Celestial League AM 10 40,000 1
Powhatan class Heavy Tug Third Imperium AEA 0 2,500 2
Prelude class Mobile Refinery Third Imperium AXA 1,200,000 1
Regent class Station Tanker Principality of Caledon AF 12 80,000 1
Relief class Hospital Ship Third Imperium AC 13 3,300 4
Reynolds Meyers Briggs class Heavy Merchant Distant Fringe AM 12 7,000 1
River class Heavy Tanker Third Imperium AFA 14 900,000 4
Rysos class Battle Barge Bright Conclave ADL 11 1,000 0
S-32A class Fleet Supply Ship Talokan Armed Forces AM 13 20,000 4
S-92/3 class Fleet Tanker Talokan Armed Forces AM 13 60,000 4
Saladin class Fleet Scout Third Imperium AS 15 600 4
Sanlunche class Troop Transport Celestial League AD 10 3,000 1
Sedulan class Transport Unity of Sed AD 12 1,700 2
Skela class Attack Scout The Biumvirate AS 10 151 1
Smopi class Transport Akras AD 9 800 1
Soho class Light Freighter Third Imperium A2
TC02 Grave Endeavor class Dropship Trooles Confederation ADL 11 20 0
TC04 Valkyrie class Dropship Trooles Confederation ADL 11 40 0
Type 058A Fedko class Fleet Tanker Sindalian Empire AF 13 35,900 4
Type 073 Yudao class Landing Ship Sindalian Empire AD 13 850 4
Type JS class Jump Ship Third Imperium AT
Un Vaeg class Troop Transport First Fleet of Dzo AD 12 20,000 3
Valdez class Fleet Tanker Darrian Confederation AF 13 100,000 4
VCS 898 class Replenishment Vessel Viyard Concourse AM 10 10,000 1
Vey class Troop Transport The Last Line AD 11 3,600 2
Workhorse class Bulk Ordinance Carrier Third Imperium AO 15 20,000 4
Yakey class Fleet Tender Third Imperium AM 13 1,000 4
Yawl class Troop Carrier Old Worlds AD 12 400 1
Yeoman class Attack Cargo Vessel Third Imperium AL-Q 11 400 1
Yesta class Fleet Logistics Ship Third Imperium AM 15 50,000 5
81 Representative Merchant or Trader (M) Classes

Class Origin Hull designation Technology level Tonnage Jump Drive
Class Origin Hull designation Technology level Tonnage Jump Drive
Akkigish class Far Trader Vilani MLJ 10 400 2
Akkigish class Subsidized Merchant Vilani MLS 10 400 1
Anhk class Merchant Third Imperium M 13 1,200 2
Anjou class Freighter Third Imperium ML 14 440 2
Annic Nova class Far Trader Precursor MLJ (Non-Standard Classified Type NS18) 12 600 2
Athelstan class Merchant Third Imperium M 11 400 1
Basil class Merchant Third Imperium M 12 200 1
Bloodwell class Merchant Third Imperium MM 12 1,000 3
Bremen class Caravel Plavian League M 10 600 1
Burning Sky class Schooner Kingdom of Peladon MA 10 300 1
Carrack class Transport Caliphate of Estalia MM 10 800 1
Consul class Provincial Trader Distant Fringe ML 9 400 1
Coriander class Free Trader Third Imperium MSF 12 300 2
Dakaar class Freighter Principality of Caledon MH 12 1,800 3
Dakaar class Merchant Transport Principality of Caledon MM 12 1,800 3
Delta Princess class Merchant Third Imperium ML 9 100 1
Eakhau class Merchant Aslan Hierate ML 14 400 2
Empress Marava class Far Trader Third Imperium MLJ 10 200 1
Fanzhienz class Far Trader Zhodani MSJ 9 200 2
Fringian Light Trader Distant Fringe ML 9 100 1
Fringian Provincial Trader Distant Fringe ML 9 400 1
Gyro Cadis class Subsidized Merchant Third Imperium MLS 0 400
Hellworld class Merchant Cruiser Sath Alliance MS 11 60,000 2
Hero class Far Trader Ziru Sirka M 10 200 2
Highlander class Exploratory Merchant Third Imperium MC 13 500 3
Iguna class Trader High Senate M 11 300 2
Jasper class Provincial Merchant Distant Fringe ML 9 900 1
Jayhawk class Far Trader Third Imperium MSJ 12 200 2
Jelmirt Marquis class High Liner Percavid Marches MD 12 80,000 3
Khershawn class Trader Vargr ML 13 300 2
Khoghue class Armed Junker Third Imperium MA
Khtukhao class Clan Transport Aslan Hierate MT 14 600 2
Kolomyia class Merchant Liner Solomani M 12 1,000 3
Komar class Missile Boat Kostov Confederate Republic MB 12 60 0
Kyan Maru class Freighter Third Imperium MS 9 100 1
Leviathan class Merchant Cruiser Third Imperium MS 13 1,800 3
Lune class Freelancer Third Imperium ML
Manta class Small Merchant Third Imperium MS 200
Maorin class Junker Maorin Stat M 13 1,000 2
March class Subsidized Merchant Third Imperium MLS 0 400
Mauripo class Far Trader Third Imperium ML 15 600 2
Mavuzo class Super Freighter Principality of Mavuzo M 12 500,000 3
Moraine class Free Trader Third Imperium MLJ 0 200 1
Nguksu class Armoured Fast Trader Third Imperium MA
Nye class Caravel Free and Holy Federation of Amil MA 11 600 2
Palatine class Merchant Trader Distant Fringe M 11 700 2
Panga class Merchant Third Imperium MS
Paya class Light Freighter Third Imperium ML 9 100 1
Petty class Subsidized Merchant Third Imperium MG 12 400 1
Port of Nickle Eugenia class Bulk Container Vessel Talokan Armed Forces MG 13 142,000 4
Prince Ferren class Far Trader Third Imperium MLJ 0 200 1
Princess Gunnhilde class Far Trader Vargr Extents MSJ 13 200 2
Refugee Pilgrim class Transport Tenjada Moralitate MA 12 10,000 3
Regni Yards Type A class Free Trader Third Imperium MLF 12 200 1
Rhapsody class Merchant Trader Third Imperium MS
Star class Armored Merchant Third Imperium MA 15 300 3
Sundowner class Fleet Courier Solomani ML 14 400 2
Swordfish class Merchant Solomani MT 13 600 3
Tachyon class Light Trader Distant Fringe ML 9 100 1
Subsidized Merchant Third Imperium M 10 400 1
Trojan Reaches Type A3 class Trader Third Imperium MLJ 12 300 2
Type 092 Qiongsha class Fleet Auxiliary Supply Ship Sindalian Empire MSF 13 300 2
Type A class Free Trader Third Imperium MLJ 12 200 1
Type A2 class Far Trader Third Imperium MLJ 13 200 2
Type A2L class Far Trader Third Imperium MLJ
Type A3L class Far Trader Third Imperium MLJ
Type M class Subsidized Liner Third Imperium M 0 600 1
Type R class Subsidized Merchant Third Imperium MLS 10 400 1
Type R2 class Subsidized Merchant Third Imperium MLS 11 500 2
Type RAX class Protected Merchant Third Imperium MA
Type RL class Subsidized Merchant Third Imperium MLS 9 600 1
Type RL2 class Subsidized Merchant Third Imperium MLS 11 600 2
Type TC(S) class Free Trader Third Imperium MLF 15 200 1
Type TI class Merchant Third Imperium MMJ 15 2,000 2
Type TJ class Merchant Third Imperium MMJ 15 2,000 6
Unholy Exile class Trader Tenjada Moralitate MA 12 300 3
Venture class Frontier Trader Third Imperium MLJ 10 500 2
Vespir class Large Freighter Third Imperium MA 12 2,000 2
Wulf class Free Trader Distant Fringe ML 11 200 2
Xeekr'kir! class Merchant Two Thousand Worlds MM 13 6,000 2
Zoe Barrett class Trader Distant Fringe M 12 900 2

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