Conveyor class Heavy Freighter

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Conveyor class Heavy Freighter
Distant Fringe Logo.gif
Distant Fringe vessel.
Type: TC Transport
Agility TBD
Also see Freighter
Architect TBD
Blueprint No
Canon No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Cargo 16000.0 Tons
Cost MCr13593.474 (base)
MCr10874.780 (discounted)
Crew 195
Enlisted TBD
Officers TBD
EOS Still in active service.
Era 1105
Hardpoints 350
Hull Cone Hull
Illustration No
Jump J-2
Maneuver 1 G
Manufacturer Various
Marines TBD
Model TBD
Origin Distant Fringe
Passengers 13 High/Med 200 Low
Reference TBD
Size 35,000 Tons
Size-cat BCS
Streamlining Unstreamlined Hull
Tech Level TL–11
Starships are designed with the Classic Traveller format, using High Guard.

The Conveyor class Heavy Freighter is a mercantile starship.

Description (Specifications)[edit]

It is a generic class of civilian vessel, the Heavy Freighter is a large commercial transport commonly 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 35000dT Heavy Freighter.jpg
A Conveyor class Heavy Freighter.

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 / Hull TBD tons.

The Heavy Freighter is constructed using a 35,000 dTon hull built in a close structure configuration. The hull is partially streamlined to allow gas giant refuelling: it is equipped with fuel scoops.

  • Individual sections of the ship are divided by bulkhead walls. Sections of the ship can be isolated in the event of an emergency.
  • The hull includes internal grav plates and inertial compensators. All accessible sections of the hull have life support.
2. Crew xTBD crew.

The Heavy Freighter requires x195 crew: 18x command, 39x engineering, 30x gunnery, and 105x service, of which 53 double up as flight crew for the subcraft as required. In addition, the vessel carries 2x passenger stewards and a medic.

3. Performance / Engineering Propulsion:

The vessel mounts a DeVoss-type Jump-2 drive, a Maneuver-1 drive, and a Power plant 2, giving performance of Jump-2 and 1G acceleration. The ship has an Agility rating of 1. There is fuel tankage of 7700 dTons, sufficient for one Jump-2 and giving the power plant four weeks duration. The vessel is fitted with a purification plant.

  • The engineering section has a main control room.
  • The jump drive utilises a lanthanum hull grid.
  • The jump drive is fitted with a jump governor.
4. Main Section / Electronics Model/TBD fib computer.

Adjacent to the bridge is a computer model/4: the vessel carries an additional backup computer model/4. There are 120 staterooms and 200 low berths, primarily used to transport livestock. Double occupancy accommodations are required for all except the command crew. 13 staterooms are available to paying passengers. Cargo capacity amounts to 16000 dTons.

  • The vessel is fitted with communications equipment and a sensor suite.
5. Hardpoints xTBD hardpoints.
  • The listed battery groupings are considered standard for the class. Alternative battery groupings may be designated for specific routes.
6. Armament / Weaponry The normal weapons fit-out for it is:
  • The ship is fitted with x4 100 dTon bays and 180 turrets. These are grouped into:
  • Four missile batteries, each consisting of a single bay weapon
  • Ten sandcaster batteries, each consisting of 10 linked triple turrets
  • Eight beam laser batteries, each consisting of 10 linked triple turrets
  • There are 130 unused hardpoints but no additional space is set aside for fire control.
7. Defenses No information yet available.
8. Craft / Subcraft The ship carries four 1200 dTon Heavy Landers and a 40 dTon Ship's Boat, each housed in a dedicated hangar.
9. Fuel Treatment TBD
10. Cost MCrTBD.

The basic cost of the vessel, complete with its complement of subcraft, is MCr13,593.474.

  • All the craft are standard designs. Detailed architectural plans are widely available and no design fee is chargeable.
  • If multiple examples of the design are ordered all of the ships in the production run qualify for a 20% discount, which reduces their price to MCr10,874.780.
11. Construction Time TBD months to build, TBD months in quantity.
12. Comments TBD
  • Standard cargo capacity amounts to TBD.0 tons.

History & Background (Dossier)[edit]

The Heavy Freighter is considered underpowered and suffers performance issues in a high gravity environment. It is specifically designed to operate in backwater areas and is particularly notable for the large number of subcraft that it carries, which help to remedy its difficulties with wilderness refuelling. 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.

Class Naming Practice/s & Peculiarities[edit]

No information yet available.

Selected Variant Types & Classes[edit]

Merchant Vessel - Freighter:

  1. Type TBD class Freighter
    1. Conveyor class Heavy Freighter

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.