Furnish class Tanker

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Furnish class Tanker
Hydrogen Logo Small.png
AAB Ship Reference File.
Type: TF Tanker
Category BCS
Size 3000 Tons
Hull Configuration Cone Hull
Streamlining Streamlined Hull
Tech Level TL–11
Computer 2x Model/3
Jump J-2
Maneuver 2 G
Hardpoints 30
Staterooms 0
Crew 32 / 40
    Officers 10
    Enlisted 22
    Marines 0 / 8
High/Mid Passengers 0
Cargo 4 Tons
Fuel tank 660 (+1,600) Tons
Origin Unknown
Year Operational Unknown
End of Service Still in active service.
Cost MCr1,446.965 (base)
MCr1,157.572 (qty)
Architect fee MCrAde Stewart
Quick Ship Profile TF
Blueprint No
Illustration Yes
Also see Auxiliary
Canon Unpublished, fan design
Era 1105
Starships are designed with the Classic Traveller format, using Classic Traveller Book 5 High Guard.

The Furnish class Tanker is an auxiliary.

Description (Specifications)[edit]

The Furnish class is a large tanker vessel. It collects and refines hydrogen fuel and either transports it to a starport or provides it directly to another vessel.

  • It is a TL–11 design.
  • There are many variants.

These large and generally grubby ships may be encountered almost anywhere. Their outer skins become stained and darkened by trace chemicals while skimming gas giant atmospheres and they frequently exhibit dents and scrapes resulting from poor maneuvering while vessels are coming alongside to refuel. Commercial tankers may serve an organisation, supporting its operational craft and providing them with refined fuel on demand, or may operate as independent gas traders, selling fuel directly from their tanks, particularly in systems with starports that do not provide local refuelling facilities. Military tankers will generally be accompanied by at least one escort vessel.

Image Repository[edit]

Furnish class Tanker
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Servant class Launch
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General Description[edit]

The Furnish class is an auxiliary tanker with performance of J-2 and 2-G acceleration. It is a relatively large, relatively slow ship, equipped with strong sandcaster defenses and laser turrets most commonly used in a point defense role. The design is fully streamlined, giving good atmospheric performance, allowing it to skim for fuel, and enabling it to perform surface landings.

The vessel is an unevenly shaped cone with an overall length of 113 meters, a mean diameter of 37 meters, and a volume of approximately 40,500 cubic meters. The ship has many pods, blisters, cowlings, recesses, housings, and protuberances over its surface. Despite this slightly irregular shape it is aerodynamic and may operate within planetary atmospheres.

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 subcraft) 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 The Furnish class Tanker is constructed using a 3,000 dTon hull built in a generally conical configuration. The hull is streamlined and has good atmospheric capability: its atmospheric handling characteristics are improved by its onboard gravitic systems.
2. Crew x32 personnel (x40 in military service).
  • x7 command, x5 engineering, x7 gunnery, x4 flight, and x9 service.
    • The command crew consists of the Captain, the Executive Officer, an electronics officer (commo and sensor ops), two pilot/navigators, a fuel control officer, and a medical officer.
    • Each crew section has a senior officer.
    • x8 marines serve aboard military vessels. Service crew requirements are not reduced by the presence of the marines.


There are x25 Staterooms.

  • x21 Staterooms are given over to crew quarters.
    • x10 rooms are single occupancy and are used by the captain and senior personnel: x11 other rooms are double occupancy.
  • x4 Staterooms are available to paying middle passengers: no steward service is available.
    • x8 Marines use these as double occupancy accommodations on vessels in military service: military vessels have no passenger capacity.

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. Individual sections of the hull can be sealed off.
  • There are multiple emergency lockers.
3. Performance The vessel mounts a Jump-2 drive, a Maneuver-2 drive, and a fusion Power Plant-2, giving performance of Jump-2 and 2-G acceleration. The ship has an agility rating of 0 and an emergency agility of 2. The internal fuel tankage is sufficient for one Jump-2 and gives the power plant 4 weeks duration.
  • The engineering section has a main control room.
    • Ladders, gantries and platforms give access to the machinery.
  • The jump drive utilizes a hull grid.
  • The jump drive is fitted with a jump governor.
4. Electronics Adjacent to the bridge is a Model/3 computer. A backup Model/3 is installed in engineering.

The vessel is fitted with communications equipment, a standard sensor array, and has an avionics suite.

  • It has a transponder unit that can be deactivated on command.
5. Hardpoints x30 hardpoints.
  • The listed weapons systems are typical for the class.
6. Armament The normal weapons fit-out for a Furnish class is:

x10 triple Beam Laser turrets, forming two batteries of 5 linked turrets.

7. Defenses The hull has no additional armor.

x20 triple Sandcaster turrets, forming two batteries of 10 linked turrets.

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

x2 10-dTon Servant class Launches.

The subcraft are housed in a dedicated hangar: the hangar can be sealed and has a total volume of 40 dTons.

  • 14 dTons of hangar space is unused, giving berthing space for up to 10 dTons of vessels.
9. Fuel Treatment The vessel has internal fuel tankage of 660 dTons.

The vessel has commercial / refuelling tankage of 1600 dTons.

  • Fuel transfer is done via boom arms that extend from the hull.
  • Vessels attach to these and draw fuel from the tanker's refuelling tanks.
  • Up to four vessels can be refuelled simultaneously.
10. Cost The basic cost of the vessel is MCr1,446.965
  • Architects Fee: MCr14.470
  • If multiple examples of the design are ordered all vessels in the production run qualify for a 20% discount, which reduces the price per unit to MCr1,157.572

The price does not include the cost of the subcraft:

With its subcraft, a discounted Furnish class costs MCr1,167.428

11. Construction Time 135 weeks as standard, 108 weeks in bulk.
  • 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 4 dTons.

History & Background (Dossier)[edit]

The design is representative and large numbers of variants exist, particularly with regard to the installed weapons systems, the allotted onboard electronics, and the fit out of accommodations and internal spaces.

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Class Naming Practice/s & Peculiarities[edit]

Vessel Peculiarities:
The design is capable of independent operations (it can provide its own fuel) and can transport incidental supplies in its hold. The Furnish class develops a characteristic judder during fuel skimming operations, when the main tanks reach 50% capacity and auxiliary pumping gear begins transferring fuel to secondary tanks.

  • The refining plant and fuel pumping equipment are noisy. Engineering personnel wear ear protection and rely on personal communicators when working around them.

The boom arms that extend from the tankers hull and transfer fuel to adjacent ships are easily damaged. The vessel carries multiple spares and extra components.

  • Boom arm repair is one of the most unpopular jobs on the ship.

The class was originally designed to have three launches and adequate hangar space was provided for them. These subcraft were intended to transport personnel while the parent vessel remained in orbit providing refuelling services, and to act as lifeboats in an emergency. The class was only ever issued with two launches as standard (likely as a result of corporate cutbacks and penny-pinching) resulting in inadequate escape facilities for the crew in the event of their needing to evacuate the vessel. Individual owners and captains may upgrade by purchasing an additional subcraft if desired, though more often the vacant hangar space is used as extra cargo storage.

Class Naming Practice/s:
Individual vessels are generally named by the organization that operates them. This is considered a serious affair and a ship with a frivolous name is considered "unlucky". Spacefarers tend to be superstitious and such vessels may find that they attract less commercial interest or are less favored for berthing slots, further adding to their unlucky reputation.

  • Individual vessels are issued specific serial numbers and transponder codes.

Selected Variant Types & Classes[edit]

Merchant Vessel - Tanker:

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