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M-class Freighters serve medium and high-volume trade routes in contrast with the smaller A-class and R-class. It serves many of the same routes as the often larger T-class Transports and Tankers.

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  • Description (Specifications)[edit]

    Medium-haul M-class Freighters transport nearly half of trade goods, resources, and other tradable materials within Charted Space. Such craft don't receive the same attention as the massive T-class Bulk Cargo Transports nor the smaller A-class Free Traders and R-class Far Traders, but they should since they are the unsung heroes of interstellar trade. They typically haul thousands to tens of thousands of tons of goods between ports of call.

    Image Repository[edit]

    Merchant Vessel - MC Cargo Freighter:

    1. A Hercules class Cargo Transport under spaceflight.
      Hercules class Cargo Transport WTH.jpg

    Merchant Vessel - MF Provincial Freighter:

    1. A Goliath class Provincial Freighter.
      J1 3500dT Freighter.jpg

    Merchant Vessel - MH Heavy Freighter:

    1. No image yet available.

    Merchant Vessel - ML Light Freighter:

    1. A Freespace Gateway class Freighter under spaceflight.
      Freespace-Gateway-class-Merchant Ade-Stewart 19-Oct-2019.png
    2. A Sirocco class Merchant Freighter in side view.
      J2 5000dT Merchant Freighter.jpg
    3. An ODS class Light Liner, a converted military transport used as part of the Orowani Deep Space Fuel Cache.
      J-2 6000 dT ODS Liner.jpg

    Merchant Vessel - MM Medium Freighter:

    1. No image yet available.

    Merchant Vessel - MP Passenger Freighter:

    1. Two Clii Argu class Common Transports under civilian use as merchant vessels heading for a highport.
      Type-TC-Common-Transport-MT-RESIZE-R-Caswell-Reb-Soucebook-pg-80 29-Oct-2019b.jpg
    2. A Sapphire Moon class Moduleship cruising through system space approaching a safari destination.
      Sapphire-Moon-Moduleship-CT-RESIZE-FAN-W-Richards-JG-Singing-Star 24-Oct-2019b.png

    Merchant Vessel - MPL Luxury Passenger Freighter:

    1. A majestic Gaia class Luxury Liner.
      J2 10000 dT Luxury Liner.jpg
    2. A Horizon class Passenger Freighter in side view.
      J2 6000dT Passenger Liner.jpg
    3. An Olympian class Cruise Liner in a side view schematic.
      J2 10000 dT Cruise Liner.jpg

    Merchant Vessel - MS Superheavy Freighter:

    1. No image yet available.

    Spectrum of Civil Shipping in Charted Space[edit]

    Spectrum of Civil Shipping in Charted Space: 1105
    Cateogries A-class R-class M-class T-class
    Synopsis Tramp Liner Freighter Transport & Tanker
    Hull Tonnage 100 to 2,499 dTons 100 to 2,499 dTons 2,500 to 999,999 dTons 2,500 to 999,999 dTons or more...
    (...rarely more than 1,000,000) dTons
    Size-Cat ACS ACS BCS & FCS BCS & FCS (rarely WCS)
    Ideal Freight Volume Zero to Low (Hundreds of tons) Medium (Hundreds to Thousands of tons) High (Thousands to Tens of Thousands of tons) Very High (Tens to Hundreds of Thousands of tons)
    Market Unscheduled low volume, high speculation trade routes Mostly scheduled, medium speculation, subsidized trade routes Scheduled medium and high-volume, low speculation trade routes Scheduled high volume trade routes with massive economies of scale, or massive (...usually government) projects
    Rough Market Share 10% 25% 45% 20%
    Area of Influence Cluster or Trace+ Subsector+ Sector Multi-Sector
    Business Fledgling Line Subsector-wide Line & Interface Line Sector-wide Line Multi-sector Line
    Remarks Merchant Princes & Adventurers Scheduled & Subsidized Trade Backbone of Merchant Trade Corporate Bulk Trade
    NOTES: While standards exist, ship naming standards evolve with time and over tech epochs. Class naming comments are only generalizations and many exceptions exist. Trade is heavily affected by local regulations, the rule of law, and local security conditions. WCS-class vessels are not ordinarily used for merchant missions as they are too large and expensive.

    Strategy & Tactics (Doctrine)[edit]

    Freighters are merchant vessels, not combatants. Like most civilian ships, flight is the best response to piracy, terrorism, or other forms of hostile aggression. Freighters are enough of an investment that escort vessels often accompany convoys of trade vessels.

    Supraclass Roles[edit]

    Freighters typically serve the following roles:
    Largecraft & Bigcraft:

    M-class Freighter Supraclass Archetypes
    Archetype Type Code
    Cargo Freighter (MC)
    Cargo Ship (MC)
    Container Ship (MC)
    Freighter (M) (Namesake)
    Heavy Freighter (MH)
    High Liner (MP)
    Liberty Ship (MF)
    Light Freighter (ML)
    Light Liner (ML)
    Luxury Freighter (MPL)
    Medium Freighter (MM)
    Megafreighter (MH)
    Merchant Freighter (MF)
    Modular Cargo Ship (MC)
    Multi-purpose Cargo Ship (MC)
    Passenger Freighter (MP)
    Personnel Transport (MP)
    Provincial Freighter (MF)
    Super Freighter (MS)
    Superheavy Freighter (MS)
    Trade Freighter (MF)
    Treasure Galleon (MC)
    Ultraheavy Freighter (MU)

    Size-Class Roles for Freighter Vessels[edit]

    1. Utility Craft (U) (1 to 99 tons)
    2. Tramp Vessel or Liner (A or R) (100 to 2,499 tons)
    3. Light Freighter (ML) (2,500 to 99,999 tons)
    4. Medium Freighter (MM) (100,000 to 249,999 tons)
    5. Heavy Freighter (MH) (250,000 to 499,999 tons)
    6. Superheavy Freighter (MS) (500,000 to 999,999 tons)
    7. Ultraheavy Freighter (MU) (1,000,000 or more tons)

    Civilian Subcraft[edit]

    Civilian subcraft (...both smallcraft and bigcraft) are carried by some of these vessels:

    1. Barge (WB)
    2. Utility Craft (U)

    Supraclass Archetypal Roles[edit]

    These vessels typically serve the following archetypal roles:

    M-class Freighter Supraclass Archetypes
    Archetype Type Code Exemplar Remarks
    Freighter M Freespace Gateway class Freighter Freighters are generic merchant Merchant vessels comprise the bulk of trade vessels and often more than half of any astrographic region's total trade tonnage. The conservative estimate is that M-class Freighters carry at least 40% of interstellar trade.
    • M = Merchant
    Cargo Freighter MC Hercules class Cargo Transport Cargo freighters usually focus on subsector or multi-subsector trade. Many don't bother with refueling scoops since they often carry a fuel lighter or refueling shuttle. Many carry their own loading and unloading equipment to serve underdeveloped starports rather than use expensive interface services or highports.

    They carry trade goods across the stars frequently transporting thousands to ten thousands tons of salable merchandise or resources. Most are equipped with fuel scoops and fuel purification plants for long hauls. They often perform sector or even multisector trade. Many are unstreamlined cluster hulled craft that must use interface services and highports. They typically rely on loading and unloading services rather than carry their own and serve better developed, richer starports.

    • M = Merchant
    • C = Cargo
    Provincial Freighter MF Star*mart class Provincial Merchant Provincial Freighters ply the medium value star lanes trading goods, and often covering the gap between free and far traders and the bigger bulk traders. Some of these vessels actually function as mobile retail fronts, landing, and opening up shop like nomadic merchants. Others participate in more conventional trade.
    • M = Merchant
    • F = Far, Frontier, Provincial, etc.
    Heavy Freighter MH No exemplar yet available. MH-class heavy freighters weigh in between 250,000 to 499,999 tons in displacement and while focused on a smaller market than many T-class transports, they are still potent, heavy haulers. Most depend on convoys and escorts to resist piracy and interstellar marauders.
    • M = Merchant
    • H = Heavy
    Light Freighter ML Garrett Durant class Cargo Hauler ML-class light freighters weigh in between 2,500 to 99,999 tons at he lower end of the BCS category. While they are light compared to larger bulk carriers, they can still be massive starships, and when their hardpoints are filled with defensive weapons, they wield considerable firepower. Most are optimized to carry heavy modular container cargos across vast interstellar distances of many, many parsecs.
    • M = Merchant
    • L = Light
    Medium Freighter MM Hellworld class Merchant Cruiser MM-class medium freighters weigh in between 100,000 to 249,999 tons in displacement and are often used to carry special bulk cargos of massive resources such as mineral components, massive wood sources, starship hulls, power plant parts, and the like. They are only medium in name and many push the top end of the BCS category.
    • M = Merchant
    • M = Medium
    Passenger Freighter MP Royal class Interstellar Liner Passenger freighters or Interstellar liners are large, frequently luxurious passenger carriers equipped to carry the influential and wealthy across the star lanes.

    NOTE: Long-range luxury passenger liners are generally called Interstellar Liners as opposed to the less luxurious, more utilitarian RP-class passenger liners. Passenger freighters are generally larger than RP-class passenger liners.

    • M = Merchant
    • P = Passenger
    Luxury Freighter MPL King Richard class Interstellar Liner Luxury Freighters are what the public calls luxury liners or cruise liners. While smaller versions exist in the ACS range, the larger vessels are technically known as Luxury Passenger Freighters even if this term mostly appears on official documents. They are large and often equipped with a plethora of amenities.
    • M = Merchant
    • P = Passenger
    • L = Luxury
    Superheavy Freighter MS Mavuzo class Super Freighter MS-class superheavy freighters weigh in between 500,000 to 999,999 tons and are larger than many warships. When a superheavy comes into port, it has the potential to transform markets and inspire cargo cults on smaller worlds. Such massive mercantile starships almost always have a significant convoy of potent escorts.
    • M = Merchant
    • S = Superheavy
    NOTES: There is semantic overlap between many of the classes and codes. Some codes organize by mission or capability, others by size and tonnage, and yet others by other characteristics.

    History & Background (Dossier)[edit]

    No information yet available.

    Selected Variant Types & Classes[edit]

    Civilian Ship - Merchant Ship - Cargo Freighter:

    1. Type MC class Cargo Freighter
      1. Balaanii class Merchant Freighter
      2. Garrett Durant class Cargo Hauler
      3. Hellworld class Merchant Cruiser
      4. Hercules class Cargo Transport
      5. Pinyin class Treasure Galleon
      6. Prosperity class Medium Freighter
      7. Type AH class Heavy Merchant
      8. Valiant Conveyor class Liberty Ship

    Civilian Ship - Merchant Ship - Provincial Freighter:

    1. Type MF class Provincial Freighter
      1. Star*mart class Provincial Merchant

    Civilian Ship - Merchant Ship - Heavy Freighter:

    1. Type MH class Heavy Freighter
      1. No exemplar of this superclass yet available.

    Civilian Ship - Merchant Ship - Light Freighter:

    1. Type ML class Light Freighter
      1. Doji Hoturi class Bulk Freighter
      2. Freespace Gateway class Freighter
      3. Orowani Deep Space class Light Liner
      4. Sirocco class Merchant Freighter
      5. Xeekr'kir! class Merchant

    Civilian Ship - Merchant Ship - Medium Freighter:

    1. Type MM class Medium Freighter
      1. Independence of the Stars class Interstellar Liner

    Civilian Ship - Merchant Ship - Passenger Freighter:

    1. Type MP class Passenger Freighter
      1. Gaia class Luxury Liner
      2. Horizon class Passenger Freighter
      3. Jelmirt Marquis class High Liner
      4. King Richard class Interstellar Liner
      5. Last Armada class Personnel Transport
      6. Nebula class Starliner
      7. Olympian class Cruise Liner
      8. Royal class Interstellar Liner
      9. Sapphire Moon class Moduleship
      10. Shuvalivashtu class Luxury Liner
      11. Clii Argu class Common Transport (Type TC class Common Transport)

    Civilian Ship - Merchant Ship - Freighter:

    1. Type MS class Superheavy Freighter
      1. Mavuzo class Super Freighter

    Ship Summary List[edit]

    Some of the most commonly used vessels in this role or these roles include:

    30 Representative Freighter (M) Classes

    Class Mission Code TL Tons Jump G Origin Canon Quick ship profile
    Class Mission Code TL Tons Jump G Origin Canon Quick ship profile
    Bastien class Subsidized Liner M 12 600 3 1 Third Imperium Yes
    Besouro Valente class Personnel Transport M 11 12,000 2 1 Terran Confederation M-0AS12
    Brilliance class Long Liner M 14 800 4 2 Third Imperium Yes
    Brilliant Gem class Cruise Liner MV 14 36,117 5 1 Krax Confederation No
    La Dolce Vita M 10 400 0 4 Campaign:NHNE No, unpublished starship design.
    Celestial Star class Luxury Liner M 15 2,000 6 1 Third Imperium
    Codori Prime class Luxury Liner M 11 800 2 2 Distant Fringe M-HB22
    Condor class Subsidized Liner M 13 400 3 1 Third Imperium
    Coyotl class Bulk Hauler M 13 2,000 2 3 Infinity League A-VU32
    Fortune class Merchant M 12 600 3 1 Third Imperium No
    Gaia class Luxury Liner M 11 10,000 2 3 Distant Fringe
    Gaia class Luxury Liner M 11 10,000 2 3 Distant Fringe
    Giiphicih class Embassy Ship M 15 1,200 2 1 Hive Federation Yes M-MU12
    Glimmerdrift class Subsidized Liner M 12 600 3 1 Third Imperium No MK-FU13
    Gold of Zurrian class Long Liner M 15 1,000 4 1 Third Imperium M-KS14
    Horizon class Passenger Liner M 11 6,000 2 3 Distant Fringe
    Independence of the Stars class Interstellar Liner M 15 154,407 4 4 Third Imperium M-0KP44
    King Richard class Interstellar Liner M 11 5,000 2 1 Third Imperium No
    Nebula class Starliner M 14 9,000 5 1 Third Imperium
    Olympian class Cruise Liner M 11 10,000 2 4 Distant Fringe
    Orowani Deep Space class Light Liner M 11 6,000 2 2 Distant Fringe M-06P22
    Pride of Vland class Long Liner M 13 1,000 4 1 Third Imperium No M-KS14
    Royal class Interstellar Liner M 11 5,000 2 1 Third Imperium Yes
    Sapphire Moon class Moduleship M 14 13,363 1 1 Krax Confederation No
    Shuvalivashtu class Luxury Liner M 15 5,000 4 1 Third Imperium
    Star class Merchant Liner M 15 1,000 2 1 Third Imperium No
    Stellar class Liner M 14 600 3 1 Third Imperium
    Type M class Subsidized Liner MK 13 600 3 1 Third Imperium Yes MK-FU13
    Type RT class Longliner M 13 1,000 4 1 Third Imperium Yes M-KS14
    Xeekr'kir! class Merchant M 11 6,000 2 1 Two Thousand Worlds Yes

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