Distribution class Commercial Carrier

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Distribution class Commercial Carrier
Symbol Commercial Carrier small.png
Commercial Carrier
Type: TV Ship Transporter
Category BCS
Size 30,000 Tons
Hull Configuration Dispersed Structure Hull
Streamlining Unstreamlined Hull
Tech Level TL–11
Computer 2x Model/4
Jump J-2
Maneuver 1 G
Hardpoints 300
Staterooms 300
Crew 195
    Officers 39
    Enlisted 156
High/Mid Passengers 0
Cargo 1,540 Tons
Carry Capacity:
10,000 Tons
Fuel tank 7,700 Tons
Origin Unknown
End of Service Still in active service.
Cost MCr11,237.650 (base)
MCr8,990.120 (qty)
Architect fee MCrAde Stewart
Quick Ship Profile Not applicable
Blueprint No
Illustration Yes
Also see Tender
Canon Published, fan design
Era 1105
Starships are designed with the Classic Traveller format, using High Guard.

The Distribution class Commercial Carrier is a mercantile starship.

Description (Specifications)[edit]

The Distribution class is a large commercial carrier. It is classified as a Ship Tender.

Image Repository[edit]

Distribution Class Tender.png

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 Distribution class is constructed using a 30,000 dTon hull built in a dispersed structure configuration. The hull is unstreamlined and has no capability to perform atmospheric operations.
  • Individual sections of the ship are divided by bulkhead walls.
  • There are multiple airlocks located around the vessel. The interior (enclosed) cargo hold is accessed by large doors.
  • The vessel is not capable of surface landings and risks catastrophic structural failure in significant gravity wells.
2. Crew Total Crew Complement: x195
  • x15 Command, x30 Engineering, x33 Gunnery, and x90 Service, of which 5 double up as flight crew for the vessel's intrinsic subcraft as required. In addition, the vessel carries x2 medics and up to x25 passenger stewards.


There are x300 Staterooms.

There are x250 Low Berths. These are tended by the vessel's medical staff, assisted by properly trained stewards.

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 Jump-2 drive, a Maneuver-1 drive, and a Power Plant-2, giving performance of Jump-2 an 1-G acceleration. The ship has an agility rating of 0 and an emergency agility of 1. The internal fuel tankage is sufficient for two Jump-2s and gives the power plant 6 weeks duration.
  • The engineering section has a main control room.
    • Ladders, gantries and platforms give access to the machinery.
  • The jump drive creates a jump bubble around the vessel.
  • The jump drive is fitted with a jump governor.
4. Electronics Adjacent to the bridge is a Model/4 Computer: the vessel has a backup Model/4 Computer.
5. Hardpoints x300 hardpoints.
  • The listed battery groupings are considered standard for the class. Alternative battery groupings may be designated for specific routes.
6. Armament The normal weapons fit-out for a Distribution class is:

x140 triple Beam Laser turrets, grouped into fourteen batteries each of 10 linked turrets

7. Defenses The hull is unarmored.

x100 triple Sandcaster turrets, grouped into ten batteries each of 10 linked turrets

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

The subcraft are housed in dedicated hangers located at strategic points around the vessel: the hangers can be sealed and have a total volume of 6,344 dTons.

The Ship Transporter has the capacity to carry up to 10,000 dTons of smaller vessels. There are large numbers of berthing points located across the hull, each connected to a crew access hatch.

  • The vessel may also externally mount properly secured consignments of goods and freight: this cargo is carried in vacuum conditions and must be protected accordingly.
9. Fuel Treatment The vessel has internal fuel tankage of 7,700 dTons.
10. Cost The basic cost of the vessel, complete with its complement of subcraft, is MCr13,593.474
  • 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 MCr10,874.780.
  • The vessel and its subcraft are standard designs. Detailed architectural plans are widely available and no design fee is chargeable.
11. Construction Time 187 weeks (47 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 X dTons of internal (protected) volume.
  • The internal cargo hold can be sealed and has independent life support and environmental systems.
  • Sections of the internal hold may be isolated if desired and can be provided with specialized environmental conditions, typically refrigeration.

History & Background (Dossier)[edit]

It is common practice for these vessels to serve as container ships, carrying externally mounted sealed cargo modules.

A Distribution class transporting two large cargo barges.
J2 30000dT Civilian Ship Transporter.jpg


The Civilian Ship Transporter is capable of carrying "overburden" cargos: a payload of up to 30,000 dTons. The major limiting factor on overburdening a vessel is the capability of the ship's Model/4 Computer. If the total displacement tonnage of the vessel, including its overburden cargo, is 50,000 dTons or more, the computer cannot perform the calculations necessary to initiate a jump transition.

  • The overburden payload increases the ship's displacement tonnage – to an upper limit of 50,000 dTons – but any degree of overburdening reduces its performance to jump-1 and 0.5G acceleration.
  • The payload must be fully contained within the jump bubble.
  • The practice of overburdening a ship places extreme stresses and strains on the internal equipment and dramatically increases the chances of a catastrophic failure.

Class Naming Practice/s & Peculiarities[edit]

No information yet available

Selected Variant Types & Classes[edit]

Bulk Cargo Carrier - Tender:

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