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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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Library Data Referral Tree[edit]

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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 Sirocco class Merchant Freighter in side view.
    J2 5000dT Merchant Freighter.jpg
  2. 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. No image yet available.

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

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:

27 Representative Freighter (M) Classes

Class Superclass Tons Category TL Origin Jump G Image Canon
Class Superclass Tons Category TL Origin Jump G Image Canon
Balaanii class Merchant Freighter MC 10,000 BCS 12 Third Imperium 1 1 No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Doji Hoturi class Bulk Freighter ML 3,000 BCS 11 Distant Fringe 2 2 No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Freespace Gateway class Freighter ML 2500 BCS 12 Third Imperium 3 2 No Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Gaia class Luxury Liner MPL 10,000 BCS 11 Distant Fringe 2 3 Yes No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Garrett Durant class Cargo Hauler MC 3,000 BCS 12 Distant Fringe 1 1 No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Goliath class Provincial Freighter MF 3,500 BCS 9 Distant Fringe 1 2 Yes No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Hellworld class Merchant Cruiser MC 60,000 BCS 11 Sath Alliance 2 2 No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Hercules class Cargo Transport MC 5,000 BCS 14 Third Imperium 1 1 Yes Yes. Published, canon starship design with a Keith illustration.
Horizon class Passenger Freighter MPL 6,000 BCS 11 Distant Fringe 2 3 Yes No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Independence of the Stars class Interstellar Liner MM 154,407 BCS 15 Third Imperium 4 4 No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Jelmirt Marquis class High Liner MP 80,000 BCS 12 Percavid Marches 3 3 No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
King Richard class Interstellar Liner MPL 5,000 BCS 12 Third Imperium 2 1 Yes Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Last Armada class Personnel Transport MP 12,000 BCS 11 Terran Confederation 2 1 No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Mavuzo class Super Freighter MS 500,000 FCS 12 Principality of Mavuzo 3 3 No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Nebula class Starliner MP 9,000 BCS 14 Third Imperium 5 1 No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Olympian class Cruise Liner MPL 10,000 BCS 11 Distant Fringe 2 4 Yes No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Orowani Deep Space class
Light Liner
ML 6,000 BCS 11 Distant Fringe 2 2 Yes No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Pinyin class Treasure Galleon MC 40,000 BCS 10 Celestial League 1 5 No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Prosperity class Medium Freighter MC 12,000 BCS 11 Distant Fringe 2 1 Yes Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Royal class Interstellar Liner MPL 5,000 BCS 11 Third Imperium 2 1 Yes Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Sapphire Moon class Moduleship MP 13,636 BCS 14 Third Imperium 1 1 No Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Shuvalivashtu class Luxury Liner MPL 5,000 BCS 15 Third Imperium 1 4 No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Sirocco class Merchant Freighter ML 5,000 BCS 11 Distant Fringe 2 2 Yes No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Star*mart class Provincial Merchant MF 3,000 BCS 9 Third Imperium 1 1 No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Type AH class Heavy Merchant MC 5,000 BCS 14 Third Imperium 1 1 Yes Yes. Published, canon starship design with a Keith illustration.
Valiant Conveyor class Liberty Ship MC 15,000 BCS 11 Distant Fringe 1 1 No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Xeekr'kir! class Merchant ML 6,000 BCS 13 Two Thousand Worlds 2 1 Yes Yes. Published, canon starship design.


8 Representative Cargo Freighter (MC) Classes

Class Superclass Tons Category TL Origin Jump G Image Canon
Class Superclass Tons Category TL Origin Jump G Image Canon
Balaanii class Merchant Freighter MC 10,000 BCS 12 Third Imperium 1 1 No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Garrett Durant class Cargo Hauler MC 3,000 BCS 12 Distant Fringe 1 1 No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Hellworld class Merchant Cruiser MC 60,000 BCS 11 Sath Alliance 2 2 No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Hercules class Cargo Transport MC 5,000 BCS 14 Third Imperium 1 1 Yes Yes. Published, canon starship design with a Keith illustration.
Pinyin class Treasure Galleon MC 40,000 BCS 10 Celestial League 1 5 No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Prosperity class Medium Freighter MC 12,000 BCS 11 Distant Fringe 2 1 Yes Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Type AH class Heavy Merchant MC 5,000 BCS 14 Third Imperium 1 1 Yes Yes. Published, canon starship design with a Keith illustration.
Valiant Conveyor class Liberty Ship MC 15,000 BCS 11 Distant Fringe 1 1 No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.


2 Representative Provincial Freighter (MF) Classes

Class Superclass Tons Category TL Origin Jump G Image Canon
Class Superclass Tons Category TL Origin Jump G Image Canon
Goliath class Provincial Freighter MF 3,500 BCS 9 Distant Fringe 1 2 Yes No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Star*mart class Provincial Merchant MF 3,000 BCS 9 Third Imperium 1 1 No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.


0 Representative Heavy Freighter (MH) Classes
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5 Representative Light Freighter (ML) Classes

Class Superclass Tons Category TL Origin Jump G Image Canon
Class Superclass Tons Category TL Origin Jump G Image Canon
Doji Hoturi class Bulk Freighter ML 3,000 BCS 11 Distant Fringe 2 2 No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Freespace Gateway class Freighter ML 2500 BCS 12 Third Imperium 3 2 No Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Orowani Deep Space class
Light Liner
ML 6,000 BCS 11 Distant Fringe 2 2 Yes No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Sirocco class Merchant Freighter ML 5,000 BCS 11 Distant Fringe 2 2 Yes No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Xeekr'kir! class Merchant ML 6,000 BCS 13 Two Thousand Worlds 2 1 Yes Yes. Published, canon starship design.


1 Representative Medium Freighter (MM) Classes

Class Superclass Tons Category TL Origin Jump G Image Canon
Class Superclass Tons Category TL Origin Jump G Image Canon
Independence of the Stars class Interstellar Liner MM 154,407 BCS 15 Third Imperium 4 4 No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.


10 Representative Passenger Freighter (MP) Classes

Class Superclass Tons Category TL Origin Jump G Image Canon
Class Superclass Tons Category TL Origin Jump G Image Canon
Gaia class Luxury Liner MPL 10,000 BCS 11 Distant Fringe 2 3 Yes No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Horizon class Passenger Freighter MPL 6,000 BCS 11 Distant Fringe 2 3 Yes No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Jelmirt Marquis class High Liner MP 80,000 BCS 12 Percavid Marches 3 3 No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
King Richard class Interstellar Liner MPL 5,000 BCS 12 Third Imperium 2 1 Yes Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Last Armada class Personnel Transport MP 12,000 BCS 11 Terran Confederation 2 1 No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Nebula class Starliner MP 9,000 BCS 14 Third Imperium 5 1 No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Olympian class Cruise Liner MPL 10,000 BCS 11 Distant Fringe 2 4 Yes No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Royal class Interstellar Liner MPL 5,000 BCS 11 Third Imperium 2 1 Yes Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Sapphire Moon class Moduleship MP 13,636 BCS 14 Third Imperium 1 1 No Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Shuvalivashtu class Luxury Liner MPL 5,000 BCS 15 Third Imperium 1 4 No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.


6 Representative Luxury Passenger Freighter (MPL) Classes

Class Superclass Tons Category TL Origin Jump G Image Canon
Class Superclass Tons Category TL Origin Jump G Image Canon
Gaia class Luxury Liner MPL 10,000 BCS 11 Distant Fringe 2 3 Yes No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Horizon class Passenger Freighter MPL 6,000 BCS 11 Distant Fringe 2 3 Yes No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
King Richard class Interstellar Liner MPL 5,000 BCS 12 Third Imperium 2 1 Yes Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Olympian class Cruise Liner MPL 10,000 BCS 11 Distant Fringe 2 4 Yes No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Royal class Interstellar Liner MPL 5,000 BCS 11 Third Imperium 2 1 Yes Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Shuvalivashtu class Luxury Liner MPL 5,000 BCS 15 Third Imperium 1 4 No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.


1 Representative Superheavy Freighter (MS) Classes

Class Superclass Tons Category TL Origin Jump G Image Canon
Class Superclass Tons Category TL Origin Jump G Image Canon
Mavuzo class Super Freighter MS 500,000 FCS 12 Principality of Mavuzo 3 3 No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.


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