Oberlindes Lines

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Oberlindes Lines is a major interstellar shipping company in the Regina Subsector.

Description (Portfolio)[edit]

Oberlindes Lines currently boasts a commercial fleet of more than 100 ships, including 10 ships of greater than 4000 tons and 30 ships of greater than 1000 tons.

Commercial Competencies[edit]

Oberlindes is a "billion-credit company".

  • Interstellar Shipping & Trade
    • Freight
    • Passengers

Governance & Organization[edit]

No information yet available.

Stockholders[edit]

Stock ownership (1116):

  • Oberlindes Lines is a family company with stock ownership divided approximately as follows:
Oberlindes family - 78%
Investment trusts - 10%
Corporate employees - 8%
Imperial family - 2%
Public individuals - 2%

Subsidiaries[edit]

No information yet available.

History & Background (Dossier)[edit]

Oberlindes Lines was established in the aftermath of the Fourth Frontier War, depending to a great extent on Imperial surplus transport ships to meet the demand for trade goods by worlds cut off by the war.

Oberlindes Lines was a family run free trader operation until it acquired naval surplus transports and used them to provide extensive cargo service in the Regina subsector. At the same time, Oberlindes expanded into trade with the Vargr just beyond the Imperial border, and has become a major importer of Vargr products and goods.

The Oberlindes name is an old one in the trade and commerce business in the Marches. Roxanne Oberlindes established the first line to bear the name in 487 and built a family business which thrived between each of the several wars which have wracked the Marches in the past millenium. The first major increase in Oberlindes' size came in 1049, with the acquisition of Emissary, a surplus cruiser declared excess by the Imperial Navy. This ship, armaments intact, served as the flagship for Oberlindes' excursions into the Vargr Extents on trade expeditions; the venture proved highly successful. A base for Oberlindes was established just beyond the Imperial barder (some irregularities in the ship transfer made it impractical to bring the ship into the Imperium) and served as a clearing house for trade good shipments between Regina and the Vargr worlds.

In the years following the False War, Oberlindes Lines obtained an Imperial charter and began operations with a large fleet composed almost entirely of navy surplus ships - now numbering in the hundreds. The organization concentrates on the smaller feeder routes, but has recently expanded into main line service, in direct competition with Tukera Lines and other more established major shipping lines.

Marc hault-Oberlindes, patriarch and controller of the line, was awarded a baronial patent, complete with estates on Feri (Spinward Marches 2005 B384879-B), by direction of the Emperor in 1101 for his contribution to the economic recovery in the Marches following the Fourth Frontier War.

Trade Partners[edit]

Trade Competitors[edit]

Oberlindes facility on Paya[edit]

Non-canon: The Oberlindes ship maintenance facility on Paya is a 4,000tn TL12 shipyard to enable repairs and maintenance in Aramis Subsector of ships sourced from Regina (TL12) ship builders. Access to the Paya facility is only via the Starport and is restricted to employees only. Interaction with Payan locals, whilst not discouraged, is rare beyond the obligations of the Oberlindes lease. Oberlindes employees are not considered part of the population, as immigration is forbiden on Paya, rather they are present on long term assignment. There are no Payan's on the Oberlindes payroll, mostly due to lack of interest by the local population.

The lease, amongst other obligations, includes a requirement that Oberlindes provide open commercial access to 1,000,000 tons of refined fuel. This contributed significantly to Paya regaining thier Class A starport rating (requiring 2,000,000 tons refueling capacity each week. The Imperial Naval Base lease on Paya provides for the balance, a "top up" at need. Commercial traffic however has not yet ever required this.) A further obligation is the mantenance of the Highport, a large, now partially used facility, installed before the great Payan disaster of 1075 and intended to service a population of 12 million (current population 500).

To protect the virtual monopoly Paya Shipyards has on ship building in the local J1 cluster, the Oberlindes facility lease prohibits the maintenance of non-Oberlindes vessels, helping to keep the independent commercial fleet in the cluster at TL9. The Oberlindes view is that they are unlikely to want to maintain competitors ships and quoting local laws is a diplomatic way of turning away those that may try.

Paya Shipyards building 100tn J1 freighters is not considered a commercial threat to Oberlindes, rather those independent owners provide a cost effective feeder service to the Class C and/or high population worlds on Oberlindes routes. Competition is one sided, Oberlindes with its clean & shiny ships, TL12 creature comforts, shipping efficiency and regular service, gets the bulk of the shipping and passengers on the routes they service.

Timeline[edit]

  • 487 Oberlindes Lines established in Spinward Marches by Roxanne Oberlindes as a family-run free trader operation. (Adventure 03 - Twilight's Peak, GDW, 1980, p. 46.)
  • 1049 A 22-year old Marc Oberlindes proposes that the family firm purchase a 60,000-ton Lightning-class cruiser to spearhead a search for new markets in the Vargr Extents. (Nobles, SJG, 2004, p. 115.)
  • 321-1049 Oberlindes Lines acquires "Emissary" (formerly "Sparkling Distress"), an "Azhanti High Lightning" class fleet intruder with its weaponry intact, for use at Pandrin (Gvurrdon 2240) in the Vargr Extents. (Adventure 03 - Twilight's Peak, GDW, 1980, p. 46.)
  • 1084 Imperial charter granted to Oberlindes Lines for supporting import and export trade. (Adventure 03 - Twilight's Peak, GDW, 1980, p. 45.)
  • 1085 Sergei hault-Oberlindes, son of Marc hault-Oberlindes, born. (JTAS #01, GDW, 1979, p. 13.)
  • 1094 Oberlindes Lines leases ground for a starport on Paya (Spinward Marches 2509) as a base for its Aramis subsector operations. (Behind the Claw, SJG, 1998, p. 101.)
  • 1101 Marc hault-Oberlindes awarded baronial patent on Feri (Spinward Marches 2005) for service after the Fourth Frontier War. (Adventure 03 - Twilight's Peak, GDW, 1980, p. 46.)
  • 041-1101 Oberlindes Lines announces plans to purchase a number of new freighter-liners, carrying a heavier armament than previously standard, to supplement vessels operating in Aramis subsector. (Behind the Claw, SJG, 1998, p. 06.)
  • 1103 Arcon Lines (AL) enters into a partnership with Oberlindes Lines. Jenghe based Arcon provides light cargo and passenger service between Jenghe and Ruie for Oberlindes. Trouble in the Spinward Marches (CT) Play By Email Campaign
  • 1105 Vargr corsairs attempt to hijack the Oberlindes Lines trade cruiser Emissary. (Alien Races 4, SJG, 2001, p. 37.)
  • 347-1105 The "Bloodwell," a 1000-ton merchant owned by Oberlindes Lines, is destroyed by Imperial naval fire. (Adventure 03 - Twilight's Peak, GDW, 1980, p. 42.)
  • 361-1105 TNS - Dentus (Spinward Marches 2201) - Word was received today that the "Kinunir" class colonial cruiser "Adamdun" mistakenly destroyed the merchant craft "Bloodwell" of Oberlindes Lines. (JTAS #05, GDW, 1980, p. 05.)
  • 1105 Great concerns are raised over the destruction of the Oberlindes vessel "Bloodwell" by the Imperial battlecruiser Adamdun after the incident is attributed to the failure of a recently fitted tamper-proof transponder. (Behind the Claw, SJG, 1998, p. 08.)
  • 1106 Oberlindes Lines opens a new shipping and passenger office on Dhian (Spinward Marches 2510). (Adventure 03 - Twilight's Peak, GDW, 1980, p. 11.)
  • 1106 Tukera Lines opens a rival shipping office on Dhian (Spinward Marches 2510) in response to Oberlindes Lines. (Adventure 03 - Twilight's Peak, GDW, 1980, p. 11.)
  • 1107 Tukera is prevented from a complete winery market takeover on Zila (Spinward Marches 2908) by a partnership of Oberlindes Lines and Fireau et Fille. (Behind the Claw, SJG, 1998, p. 103.)
  • 1114 Arabella von Ericsson's starmerc unit is hired by Oberlindes Lines to clear their Aramis and Regina subsector routes of remaining Vargr stragglers. (MegaTraveller Journal #2, DGP, 1991, p. 22.)

Worlds & Sectors (Astrography)[edit]

This business is primarily known to operate out of the following locations:

Home Port: Regina. Territory: Regina and Aramis subsectors.

World Listing: 1116[edit]

15 of 15 World articles in Oberlindes Lines
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