Baleen class Heavy Tanker
|Baleen class Heavy Tanker|
|Type: TF Heavy Tanker|
|Hull Configuration||Cone Hull|
|Streamlining||Partially Streamlined Hull|
Tankage 22,200 Tons
|Fuel tank||0 Tons|
|End of Service||Still in active service.|
|Architect fee||Ade Stewart|
|Quick Ship Profile||Not applicable|
|Canon||Published, fan design|
|Reference||Fan: Ade Stewart|
|Starships are designed with the Classic Traveller format, using High Guard.|
- It is a civilian ship and a Heavy Tanker.
- The vessel is a TL-11 design.
- Vessels of this type are employed as Gas Traders.
- Please also see AAB article: Ships of the Distant Fringe.
A generic class of civilian vessel, the Heavy Tanker is a large commercial hydrogen fuel transporter commonly encountered throughout the Distant Fringe region. It is classified as a Tanker and is constructed as a conventional design, although in all respects it qualifies as a long-range vessel. Similar designs have been in use from the time the Distant Fringe was first settled.
- It carries minor armament and a light defensive suite.
- It carries no subcraft nor drones.
- It has a 222 sophont crew and no marines.
- A massive Baleen class Heavy Tanker.
General Description & Deck Plans
The Baleen class is a partially streamlined cone with a mean diameter of 50 meters and a length of around 260 meters. Some sections are narrower and some are wider, giving it a total enclosed volume of approximately 540,000 cubic meters. Huge fuel tanks form the majority of the interior of the ship. The main tanks are subdivided into smaller interlinked cells containing baffles, compressors, and pumping equipment, and are separated by service decks. The engineering section is located aft, within the core of the vessel, while the bridge and accessible sections of the vessel such as the crew quarters and the cargo hold are located forward. Transfer shafts, offset from one another to reduce the risks associated with accidents or damage, link the various decks together.
A basic deck plan of the vessel indicating the general layout and positioning of major elements.
Basic Ship Characteristics
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 subcraft) carried on the ship. Tonnage on the universal ship profile is shown in kilotons (...thousands of tons) where necessary. 
|Basic Ship Characteristics |
|1.||Tonnage / Hull||The Heavy Tanker is constructed using a 40,000 dTon hull built in a generally 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
There are 150 Staterooms.
There are 20 Low Berths. These are tended by the vessel's medic.
|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.
|4.||Electronics||Adjacent to the bridge is a Model/4 Computer: the vessel has a backup Model/4 Computer.|
|6.||Armament||The normal weapons fit-out for a Heavy Tanker is:|
|7.||Defenses||The hull is unarmored.|
|9.||Fuel Treatment||The vessel has internal fuel tankage of 8,800 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.|
|11.||Construction Time||184 weeks (46 months) as standard.
|12.||Comments||Standard cargo capacity amounts to 300 dTons.|
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. Heavy Tankers are designed to skim fuel from gas giant worlds and transport it back to a commercial market, using the onboard refining plant to process and purify the product en route.
Distant Fringe Vessels
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.
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.
Class Naming Practice/s & Peculiarities
A number of companies manufacture ships equivalent to the Baleen class. They vary in hull shape and internal layout but all share the same basic design and all have very similar capabilities and performance characteristics. They are nicknamed "Fuglies".
While fuel lighters are well built and capable vessels, the various classes see hard service and receive relatively low levels of maintenance. They are driven hard by their owners and commanders, exhausting their crews and further increasing the hazards. The engineering decks, in particular, linked by a single transfer shaft and entirely surrounded by fuel tanks, are considered a death-trap.
- Each variant class is named by the company that produces it: these organizations generally draw on traditional naming protocols. It is not uncommon for a historical class name to be reused.
- Individual vessels within a class are issued specific serial numbers and transponder codes but traditionally are named by their owners. This is considered a serious affair and a ship with a frivolous name is considered "unlucky".
Selected Variant Types & Classes
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