Nimrod class Fuel Lighter

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Nimrod class Fuel Lighter
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Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Type: TF Tanker
Also see Tanker
Blueprint No
Canon {{{canon}}}
Cargo 200 Tons
Fuel Tanks 11,700 Tons
Cost MCr5001.570
MCr4001.256 (qty)
Crew 83
Officers 17
Enlisted 66
Hardpoints 150
Hull Dispersed Structure Hull
Jump J-0
Maneuver 2 G
Model 4
Origin Distant Fringe
Passengers 3 High/Med 0 Low
QSP Not applicable
Reference Ade Alagoric Stewart
Size 15,000 Tons
Streamlining Streamlined Hull
Tech Level TL–10
USP MT–M721242–090000–80000-0
Starships are designed with the Classic Traveller format, using High Guard.

The Nimrod class Fuel Lighter is a mercantile bigcraft.

Description (Specifications)[edit]

The Fuel Lighter is a non-jump-Tanker encountered within the Distant Fringe region. It is classified as a Bulk Cargo Carrier. Similar designs have been in use from the time the Distant Fringe was first settled.

  • The vessel is a TL-10 design.

Image Repository[edit]

J0 15000dT Fuel Lighter.jpg
A Nimrod class Fuel Lighter.

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 Fuel Lighter is constructed using a 15,000 dTon hull built in a cylindrical configuration. The hull is partially streamlined and has a limited capability to perform atmospheric operations that is largely reliant on its onboard gravitic systems.
  • Individual sections of the ship are divided by bulkhead walls.
  • There are multiple airlocks located around the vessel.
  • The configuration of the hull prevents surface landings without the use of a hull cradle to support the vessel.
2. Crew Total Crew Complement: 83
  • x11 Command, x17 Engineers, x9 Gunners, x45 Service, x1x Medic, 5x Specialist Purification Engineers.


There are 54 Staterooms.

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 Maneuver-2 drive and a Power Plant-2, giving performance of 2-G acceleration and producing 300 Energy Points. The ship has an agility rating of 1 and an emergency agility of 2. The internal fuel tankage gives the power plant 4 weeks duration.
  • The engineering section has a main control room.
    • Ladders, gantries and platforms give access to the machinery.
4. Electronics Adjacent to the bridge is a Model/4 Computer: the vessel has a backup Model/4 Computer.
5. Hardpoints x150 hardpoints.
  • The listed weapons systems are typical for the design. Alternative weaponry may be designated for specific systems.
6. Armament The Fuel Lighter is generally unarmed.
7. Defenses The hull is unarmored.

x80 triple Sandcaster turrets, grouped into eight batteries each of 10 linked turrets

  • The vessel is not fitted with screens or other passive defensive systems.
8. Craft Flight Section

The Lifeboat is housed in a dedicated hanger: the hanger can be sealed and has a total volume of 65 dTons.

9. Fuel Treatment The vessel has internal fuel tankage of 300 dTons.

The vessel has commercial fuel tankage of 11,700 dTons.

10. Cost The basic cost of the vessel, complete with its complement of subcraft, is MCr5,001.570
  • 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 MCr4,001.256
  • The vessel and its subcraft are standard designs. Detailed architectural plans are widely available and no design fee is chargeable.
11. Construction Time 166 weeks (42 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 200 dTons.

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.

Distant Fringe Vessels[edit]

The Distant Fringe is said to be a far spinward-rimward area inhabited by colonists and refugees originating on Terra. The region is extremely isolated, separated from the rest of Charted Space by vast, almost uncrossable rifts that were once broached by a system of calibration Points and the use of tankers. Those few academics within Charted Space who have found references to the Distant Fringe regard it as little more than a tall tale. Likewise, many of the inhabitants of the Distant Fringe believe the existence of Charted Space to be mythical.[3]

Vessels originating within the Distant Fringe are very rarely encountered outside of the region. However, misjumps do occur and anomalies with bizarre spacetime and Jumpspace effects exist: as such, craft of this type are not entirely unknown within Charted Space.[4]

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.

Selected Variant Types & Classes[edit]

Bigcraft - Fuel 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.
  3. An unpublished factoid written by Maksim-Smelchak
  4. An unpublished factoid written by Maksim-Smelchak