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A Merchant Vessel is a ship and crew engaged primarily in trade and commerce.

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Library Data Referral Tree[edit]

Please refer to the following AAB Library Data for more information:
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Description (Specifications)[edit]

Merchant ships range in size from small 100 or 200 ton Far and Free Trader class ships to large liners and cargo vessels of up to 10,000 tons displacement or more. The crews of these ships are also referred to as Merchants.

Image Repository[edit]

  1. An early model Beowulf under spaceflight.
    Free-Trader-WH-Keith-MT-Imp-Encyclo-Pg-36 03-July-2018a.jpg
  2. One of the most common subsidized liner types.
    Sub-Liner-WH-Keith-MT-Imp-Encyclo-Pg-36 03-July-2018a.jpg
  3. A prototypical Far Trader, the Type A2.
    Far-Trader-WH-Keith-MT-Imp-Encyclo-Pg-44 03-July-2018a.jpg
  4. A Salamander-class coming into a starport to trade.
    Salamander-class-Far-Trader-D20 30-May-2019a.jpg
  5. A Hercules class Cargo Transport under spaceflight.
    Hercules class Cargo Transport WTH.jpg
  6. A Corporate class Range Carrier.
    J2 75000dT Range Carrier.jpg
  7. A commercial Endeavor class Ship Transporter mounting two Bluestone class Cargo Barges.
    J2 30000dT Civilian Ship Transporter.jpg
  8. A huge Mariner class Frame Carrier.
    J2 90000dT Frame Carrier.jpg

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]

No information yet available.

Supraclass Roles[edit]

Merchant Vessels typically serve the following roles:

  1. Bulk Cargo Carrier (T)
  2. Bulk Freighter (T)
  3. Clipper (RI)
  4. Far Trader (A)
  5. Free Trader (A)
  6. Freighter (M)
    1. Heavy Freighter (MH)
    2. Light Freighter (ML)
    3. Medium Freighter (MM)
  7. Frontier Merchant (A, M, R, T)
  8. Liberty Ship (MC)
  9. Liner (R)
    1. Cargo Liner (RC)
    2. Luxury Liner (RL)
    3. Passenger Liner (RP)
  10. Merchant (A, M, R, T)
  11. Merchantman (A, M, R, T)
  12. Merchant Trader (A, M, R, T)
  13. Merchant Vessel (A, M, R, T) (Namesake)
  14. Modular Merchant (A, M, R, T)
  15. Provincial Merchant (A, M, R, T)
  16. Speculative Trader (A, M, R, T)
  17. Tanker (TG)
  18. Trader (A, M, R, T)
  19. Trader Craft (A, M, R, T)
  20. Trader Ship (A, M, R, T)
  21. Trader Vessel (A, M, R, T)
  22. Transport (T)

Supraclass Archetypes[edit]

Merchant Ship Types include the following:

Merchant Supraclass Archetypes
Archetype Type Code Exemplar Remarks
Armored Merchant A, R, M and T TBD Any starship used for interstellar trade, and commerce that has been set up with weapon systems for defense.
Merchant Liner R TBD Merchant Liners are general-purpose design starships, intended to carry both passengers and freight. They are larger than the Far Traders intended for cargoes over 200 tons and over a dozen passengers
Subsidized Merchant R TBD In subsidized commerce, a local government (or a group of several worlds) agree to subsidize the construction of commercial starships in return for their servicing established routes. Ideally, the route will be profitable, and the subsidy can soon be ended. But, even without profits, the route provides a channel for interstellar trade, helping to provide markets for resources and finished goods as well as, enabling people from different world to share their cultures.

Typically, governments expect subsidized merchants to try to establish routes to make at least marginal profits to diminish the government expense burden. Although individual ports of call may not always provide sales at high margins, at least initially, the ultimate goal is to make the ship self-sufficient. Unfortunately all subsidized merchants are not all profitable and these ships may be recipients of government subsidies for years. Governments have to factor in the benefits derived from the established routes against the costs of maintaining the subsidy. This often becomes the deciding factor with somewhat isolated worlds with limited markets.

Far Trader A2 TBD A Far Trader is a small starship commonly used for interstellar trade and commerce that is capable of jump 2. Hundreds of variants exist. The typical size equals 200 tons.
Free Trader A1 TBD A Free Trader is a small starship commonly used for interstellar trade and commerce that is capable of jump 1. Hundreds of variants exist. The typical size equals 200 tons.
Frontier Trader A or R TBD A heavily armed transport normally doing business with fringe systems.
Merchant Cruiser A, M, R, or T TBD A generic term applied to vessels specifically assigned to independent missions, the prime objective of which is market discovery and acquisition, either in isolation or in completion with other merchant operators. Design parameters for such vessels usually include a high level of weaponry and auxiliary boats in proportion to their cargo capacity and all possible back-up systems, along with high structural integrity.

Also called an Armed Merchantman, as merchant cruisers are unusally armed. A starship merchant primarily intended for independent cruising in undeveloped trade areas where high survivability is also a design factor.

History & Background (Dossier)[edit]

No information yet available.

Selected Variant Types & Classes[edit]

Merchant Vessel - (Free Trader / Tramp Liner):

  1. Type A class Free Trader (Type A1)
    1. Alexandria class Free Trader
    2. Basil class Merchant
    3. Beowulf class Free Trader
    4. Bremen class Caravel
    5. Carrack class Tramp Liner
    6. Coriander class Free Trader
    7. Lune class Freelancer
    8. March Harrier class Free Trader
    9. Moraine class Free Trader
    10. Regni Yards Type A class Free Trader
    11. Tequila class Free Trader
    12. Type A1 class Free Trader
    13. Type A-J2 class Free Trader
    14. Type A-P class Free Trader
    15. Type TC(S) class Free Trader

Merchant Vessel - (Far Trader):

  1. Type A2 class Far Trader
    1. Akkigish class Far Trader
    2. Akkigish class Subsidized Merchant
    3. April Hare class Far Trader
    4. Avian class Far Trader
    5. Empress Marava class Far Trader
    6. Fanzhienz class Far Trader
    7. Farrou class Far Trader
    8. Garu class Far Trader
    9. Gizicih class General Trader
    10. Hero class Far Trader
    11. Hnneshant class Trade Boat
    12. Hugin class Trader
    13. Jayhawk class Far Trader
    14. Khershawn class Trader
    15. Maru class Merchant
    16. Nymph class Merchant
    17. Prince Ferren class Far Trader
    18. Princess Gunnhilde class Far Trader
    19. Salamander class Far Trader
    20. Soho class Light Freighter
    21. Treader class Free Trader
    22. Type A2L class Far Trader
    23. Type HR class Trader
    24. Type VA class Trader
    25. Wulf class Free Trader

Merchant Vessel - (Deep Trader / Long Trader / Fast Trader):

  1. Type A3 class Fast Trader
    1. Fat Cat class Far Trader
    2. Swordfish class Merchant
    3. Trojan Reaches Type A3 class Trader
    4. Type A3L class Far Trader

Merchant Vessel - (Armored Trader / Frontier Trader / Fast Trader):

  1. Type AA class Armored Merchant
    1. Jasper class Provincial Merchant
    2. Khoghue class Armed Junker
    3. Nguksu class Armoured Fast Trader
    4. Star class Armored Merchant
    5. Type RAX class Protected Merchant
    6. Venture class Frontier Trader

Merchant Vessel - Heavy Trader:

  1. Type AH class Heavy Trader
    1. Dakaar class Freighter
    2. Dakaar class Merchant Transport
    3. Leviathan class Merchant Cruiser
    4. Type TI class Merchant
    5. Type TJ class Merchant

Merchant Vessel - Light Trader:

  1. Type AL class Light Trader
    1. Anjou class Freighter
    2. Aoa'iw class Light Trader
    3. Burning Sky class Merchant Schooner
    4. Consul class Provincial Trader
    5. Fortune class Merchant
    6. Garuda class Modular Systems Vessel
    7. Joshim P. Stone class Provincial Trader
    8. Liz Zhorka class Light Trader
    9. Manta class Small Merchant
    10. Panga class Merchant
    11. Paya class Light Freighter
    12. Rhapsody class Merchant Trader
    13. Tachyon class Light Trader
    14. Unholy Exile class Trader

Merchant Vessel - Medium Trader:

  1. Type AM class Medium Trader
    1. Anhk class Merchant
    2. Bloodwell class Merchant
    3. Susa class Cargo Carrier
    4. Type CT class Cargo Carrier
    5. Tyrfing class Freighter
    6. Willkeit class Cargo Carrier

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

Passenger Liner:

  1. Type R class Luxury Liner
    1. Animal class Liner
    2. Astral Splendour class Luxury Liner
    3. Brilliant Gem class Cruise Liner
    4. Celestial Star class Liner
    5. Codori Prime class Luxury Liner
    6. Olympian class Cruise Liner
    7. Horizon class Passenger Liner
    8. Independence of the Stars class Liner
    9. King Richard class Interstellar Liner
    10. Royal class Liner
    11. Shianjo class Liner
    12. Stellar class Liner
    13. World class Luxury Liner
  2. Type RT class Longliner
    1. Bright Conclave class High Liner
    2. Brilliance class Long Liner
    3. Jelmirt Marquis class High Liner
    4. Mapepire Dream class Jumpliner
    5. Nebula class Starliner
    6. Pride of Vland class Long Liner

Cargo Liner:

  1. Type RC class Cargo Liner
    1. Anhk class Merchant
    2. Bastien class Merchant Liner
    3. Bloodwell class Merchant
    4. Caccil class Merchant
    5. Dakaar class Merchant Transport
    6. Bluestone class Cargo Barge
    7. Garrett Durant class Cargo Hauler
    8. Hercules class Cargo Transport
    9. Jose Cadiz Royal Galleon class Cargo Carrier
    10. Vespir class Large Freighter
    11. Xeekr'kir! class Merchant
  2. Type RM class Merchant Liner
    1. Gamma Haden class Liner
    2. Highlander class Exploratory Merchant
    3. Khtukhao class Clan Transport
    4. Kolomyia class Merchant Liner
    5. Orowani Deep Space class Light Liner
    6. Soho class Light Freighter
    7. Star Merchant class Liner
    8. Triad class Merchant
    9. Yeoman class Attack Cargo Vessel

Clipper:

  1. Type R class Clipper
    1. Aurora class Clipper
    2. Maggart class Clipper

Subsidized Merchant:

  1. Type R class Subsidized Merchant AKA Fat Trader AKA Subsidized Merchant
    1. Akkigish class Subsidized Merchant
    2. Gyro Cadis class Subsidized Merchant
    3. March class Subsidized Merchant
  2. Type R2 class Subsidized Merchant
    1. Athelstan class Merchant
    2. Khtukhao class Clan Transport [1]
    3. Petty class Subsidized Merchant
  3. Type RAX class Protected Merchant
  4. Type RL class Subsidized Merchant
  5. Type RL2 class Subsidized Merchant
  6. Type RQ class Subsidized Merchant
  7. Type RX class Merchant Trader

Ship Summary List[edit]

87 Representative Tramp Vessel (A) Classes

Class Superclass Tons Category TL Origin Jump G Image Canon
Class Superclass Tons Category TL Origin Jump G Image Canon
Akkigish class Far Trader A2 400 ACS 10 Vilani Imperium 2 2.93 Yes No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Alexandria class Free Trader A1 200 ACS 12 Third Imperium 1 1 Yes Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Anhk class Merchant AM 1,200 ACS 13 Third Imperium 2 1.1 No Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Animal class Liner A2 200 ACS 15 Third Imperium 2 1 Yes Yes. Published, canon starship design with a Keith illustration.
Anjou class Freighter AL 440 ACS 14 Third Imperium 2 2 No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Aoa'iw class Light Trader AL 300 ACS X Aslan Hierate 2 1 No Yes. Published, canon starship design.
April Hare class Far Trader A2 400 ACS 10 Third Imperium 2 1 No Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Avian class Far Trader A2 200 ACS 11 Third Imperium 2 2 Yes Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Basil class Merchant A1 200 ACS 12 Third Imperium 1 1.5 No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan starship design.
Beowulf class Free Trader A1 200 ACS 10 Third Imperium 1 1 Yes Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Bloodwell class Merchant AM 1,000 ACS 12 Third Imperium 1 1 No Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Bremen class Caravel A1 600 ACS 10 Plavian League 1 1 No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Burning Sky class Merchant Schooner AL 300 ACS 10 Kingdom of Peladon 1 1 No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Carrack class Tramp Liner A1 800 ACS 10 Caliphate of Estalia 1 1 No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Consul class Provincial Trader AL 400 ACS 9 Distant Fringe 1 1 Yes No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Coriander class Free Trader A1 300 ACS 12 Third Imperium 1 1.5 No Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Dakaar class Freighter AH 1,800 ACS 12 Principality of Caledon 3 3 No Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Dakaar class Merchant Transport AH 1,800 ACS 12 Principality of Caledon 3 1 No Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Empress Marava class Far Trader A2 200 ACS 13 Third Imperium 2 1 Yes Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Fanzhhienz class Far Trader A2 200 ACS 9 Zhodani Consulate 2 2 Yes Yes. Published, canon starship design with a Keith illustration.
Fanzhienz class Far Trader A 200 ACS 9 Zhodani Consulate 2 1 No Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Farrou class Far Trader A2 200 ACS X Vargr Extents 2 2 No Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Fat Cat class Far Trader A3 X ACS X Third Imperium 3 X No Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Fortune class Merchant AL 800 ACS 12 Third Imperium 3 1 No Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Garu class Far Trader A2 200 ACS 13 Third Imperium 2 1 Yes Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Garuda class Modular Systems Vessel AL 200 ACS X Third Imperium X X No Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Gizicih class General Trader A2 400 ACS 15 Hive Federation 2 1.16 Yes Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Hero class Far Trader A 200 ACS 10 Ziru Sirka 2 1.5 No Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Highlander class Exploratory Merchant A 500 ACS 13 Third Imperium 3 2 No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Hnneshant class Trade Boat A2 400 ACS 12 Vargr Extents 2 2 No Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Hugin class Trader A2 X ACS TBD Third Imperium X X No Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Iguna class Trader A 300 ACS 11 High Senate 2 2 No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Jandre class Freighter A X ACS X Third Imperium X X No Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Jasper class Provincial Merchant AA 900 ACS 9 Distant Fringe 1 1 No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan ship design.
Jayhawk class Far Trader A2 200 ACS 12 Third Imperium 2 1 Yes Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Joshim P. Stone class Provincial Trader AL 400 ACS 9 Distant Fringe 1 1 Yes No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Khershawn class Trader A2 300 ACS 13 Vargr Extents 2 2 No Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Khoghue class Armed Junker AA 499.6 ACS 12 Vargr Extents 2 2 Yes Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Leviathan class Merchant Cruiser AH 1,800 ACS 13 Third Imperium 3 4 No Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Liz Zhorka class Light Trader AL 100 ACS 9 Distant Fringe 1 2 Yes No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Lune class Freelancer A1 X ACS X Third Imperium X X No Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Manta class Small Merchant AL 200 ACS X Third Imperium 2 X No Yes. Published, canon starship design.
March Harrier class Free Trader A1 200 ACS 12 Third Imperium 1 1 Yes Yes. Canon starship design with a Keith illustration.
Maru class Merchant A2 500 ACS 15 Third Imperium 2 1 No Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Mauripo class Far Trader A 600 ACS 15 Third Imperium 2 1 No Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Moraine class Free Trader A1 200 ACS 14 Third Imperium 1 1 No Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Nguksu class Armoured Fast Trader AA 200 ACS 12 Vargr Extents 2 6 No Yes. Published, canon ship design.
Noql class Free Trader A2 X ACS X Zhodani Consulate X X No Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Nymph class Provincial Merchant A2 400 ACS 9 Third Imperium 2 1 Yes Yes. Published, canon starship design with a Keith illustration.
Panga class Merchant AL X ACS X Third Imperium X X Yes Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Paya class Light Freighter AL 100 ACS 9 Third Imperium 1 1 No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Prince Ferren class Far Trader A2 200 ACS 12 Third Imperium 2 1 No Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Princess Gunnhilde class Far Trader A2 200 ACS 13 Vargr Extents 2 1 No Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Regni Yards Type A class Free Trader A1 200 ACS 12 Third Imperium 1 1 No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Rhapsody class Merchant Trader AL 300 ACS 11 Third Imperium 2 2 No Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Salamander class Far Trader A2 200 ACS 11 Third Imperium 2 2 Yes Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Soho class Light Freighter A2 X ACS X Third Imperium 2 X No Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Star class Armored Merchant AA 300 ACS 15 Third Imperium 3 1 Yes Yes. Published, canon starship design with a Keith illustration.
Susa class Cargo Carrier AM 1,000 ACS 12 Third Imperium 3 1 No Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Swordfish class Merchant A3 600 ACS 13 Solomani Confederation 3 1 No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Tachyon class Light Trader AL 100 ACS 9 Third Imperium 1 2 Yes No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Tequila class Free Trader A1 200 ACS 10 Third Imperium 1 1 Yes No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Treader class Free Trader A2 200 ACS 11 Distant Fringe 2 1 Yes No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Trojan Reaches Type A3 class Trader A3 300 ACS 12 Third Imperium 3 2 No Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Type A class Free Trader A1 200 ACS 12 Third Imperium 1 1 Yes Yes. Canon starship design with a Keith illustration.
Type A-J2 class Free Trader A1 200 ACS 12 Third Imperium 1 1 Yes Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Type A-P class Free Trader A1 200 ACS 11 Third Imperium 1 1 Yes Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Type A1 class Free Trader A1 200 ACS 10 Third Imperium 1 1 Yes Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Type A2 class Far Trader A2 200 ACS 13 Third Imperium 2 1 Yes Yes. Published, canon starship design with Keith illustration.
Type A2L class Far Trader A2L 200 ACS 12 Third Imperium 2 1 No Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Type A3 class Fast Trader A3 X ACS X Third Imperium 3 X No Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Type A3L class Far Trader A3 X ACS X Third Imperium X X No Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Type AA class Armored Merchant AA 300 ACS 15 Third Imperium 3 1 Yes Yes. Published, canon starship design with a Keith illustration.
Type AT class Freighter A 3,000 BCS X Third Imperium X X Yes Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Type CT class Cargo Carrier AM 1,000 ACS 12 Third Imperium 3 1 Yes Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Type HR class Trader A2 400 ACS X Hive Federation 2 1 No Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Type RAX class Protected Merchant AA X ACS X Third Imperium X X No Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Type TC(S) class Free Trader A1 200 ACS 15 Third Imperium 1 1 No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Type TI class Merchant AH 2,000 ACS 15 Third Imperium 2 2 Yes Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Type TJ class Merchant AH 2,000 ACS 15 Third Imperium 6 6 Yes Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Type VA class Trader A2 200 ACS X Vargr Extents 2 2 No Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Tyrfing class Freighter AM 1,000 ACS 11 Sword Worlds Confederation 2 1 Yes No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Unholy Exile class Trader AL 300 ACS 12 Tenjada Moralitate 3 4 No Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Venture class Frontier Trader AA 500 ACS 10 Third Imperium 2 3 No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Willkeit class Cargo Carrier AM 1,000 ACS X Third Imperium 1 1 No Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Wulf class Free Trader A2 200 ACS 11 Distant Fringe 2 2 Yes No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Xebec class Modular Merchant A2 330 12 Third Imperium 2 3 No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan starship design.


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.


70 Representative Liner (R) Classes

Class Superclass Tons Category TL Origin Jump G Image Canon
Class Superclass Tons Category TL Origin Jump G Image Canon
Ad Astra class Subsidized Liner RP X ACS TBD Third Imperium X X No Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Akkigish class Subsidized Merchant R2 400 ACS 10 Ziru Sirka 2 3.45 Yes No. Unpublished, non-canon fan starship design.
Arachnid class Non-standard Merchant Vessel RTN X ACS X Third Imperium X X No Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Astral Splendour class Luxury Liner RPL X ACS X Third Imperium X X No Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Athelstan class Merchant RL 400 ACS 11 Third Imperium 1 2.26 No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Aurora class Multimission Clipper RI TBD ACS X Third Imperium X X Yes Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Bastien class Subsidized Liner RP 600 ACS 12 Third Imperium 3 1 Yes Yes. Published, canon starship design with a Keith illustration.
Borazio class Heavy Freighter RC 1,000 ACS 10 Third Imperium 2 1 Yes Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Brilliance class Long Liner RP X ACS X Third Imperium X X No Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Celestial Star class Luxury Liner RPL 2,000 ACS 15 Third Imperium 6 1 No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Cihzicih class Transport R2 800 ACS 15 Hive Federation 2 1.75 No Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Codori Prime class
Luxury Liner
RPL 800 ACS 11 Distant Fringe 2 2 Yes No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Comet Coffin class Low Transport RP 100 ACS 14 Third Imperium 3 2 No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan starship design.
Condor class Subsidized Liner R3 600 ACS 11 Third Imperium 3 1 No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Coyotl class Bulk Hauler RC 2,000 ACS 13 Infinity League 2 3 No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Dlaftpar class Cargo Liner RC X ACS X Zhodani Consulate X X No Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Eakhau class Merchant RT 400 ACS 14 Aslan Hierate 2 1 No Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Gamma Haden class Liner RM 1,000 ACS 11 Distant Fringe 2 2 No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Ghent class Subsidized Merchant R1 400 ACS 9 Third Imperium 1 1 Yes Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Ghost Galleon class Carrier Liner RV 600 ACS 11 Terran Confederation 2 3 No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan starship design.
Giiphicih class Liner RP 1,200 ACS 15 Hive Federation 2 1.33 No Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Gold of Zurrian class Long Liner RT 1,000 ACS 15 Third Imperium X X No Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Gyro Cadis class Subsidized Merchant R1 400 ACS 13 Third Imperium 1 1 Yes Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Jose Cadiz Royal Galleon class Cargo Carrier RC 900 ACS 15 Third Imperium 4 2 No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Khtukhao class Clan Transport R2 600 ACS 14 Aslan Hierate 2 2 Yes Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Kolomyia class Merchant Liner R3 1,000 ACS 12 Solomani Confederation 3 2 No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Krinyaoth class Capsular Transport RC 2,000 ACS 25 Ancients X X No Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Kyan Maru class Freighter RC 100 ACS 9 Third Imperium 1 1 No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Lightning class Frontier Merchant RL X ACS X Terran Confederation X X Yes Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Lord Somerset class Subsidized Liner RP X ACS X Third Imperium X X No Yes. Published, canon starship design.
LSP Modular Starship R 300 ACS 12 Third Imperium 2 2 No Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Maagukii class Bulk Carrier RC 400 ACS 11 Third Imperium 2 3 Yes Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Maggart class Clipper RI 2,750 BCS 14 Third Imperium 2 2 Yes Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Magnadon class Provincial Merchant RC 1,000 ACS 15 Third Imperium 1 1 Yes Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Maorin Junker class Merchant RTN 1,000 ACS 13 Maorin Stat 2 2 No Yes. Published, canon starship design.
March class Subsidized Merchant R1 400 ACS 11 Third Imperium 1 1 Yes Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Margaret class Longliner RT 1,000 ACS 12 Third Imperium 4 1 Yes Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Mora class Freighter RM 1,000 ACS 15 Third Imperium 2 1 No Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Nye class Caravel R2 600 ACS 11 Free and Holy Federation of Amil 2 2 No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Oukhaha class Bulk Hauler RC 1,600 ACS 12 Aslan Hierate 2 1 Yes Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Palatine class Merchant Trader R2 700 ACS 11 Distant Fringe 2 1 Yes No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Petty class Subsidized Merchant RT 400 ACS 12 Third Imperium 1 1 No Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Pride of Vland class Long Liner RT 1,000 ACS 15 Third Imperium 4 1 No Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Prosperity class Freighter RL X ACS X Third Imperium X X No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Queen class Modular Subsidized Merchant RT X ACS 11 Third Imperium X X Yes Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Revolver class Modular Liner R2 300 ACS 12 Third Imperium 2 2 No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan starship design.
Seeker class Armored Merchant RMA 1,000 ACS X Third Imperium 4 1 Yes Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Shianjo class Liner RT X ACS x Zhodani Consulate X X No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Spartan class Modular Merchant RI 400 ACS X Third Imperium 2 3 No Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Star Merchant class Liner RM 1,000 ACS 15 Third Imperium 2 1 Yes Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Stellar class Liner RP 600 ACS 14 Third Imperium 3 1 No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Stellar class Subsidized Liner RP X ACS X Third Imperium X X No Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Stubbie class Subsidized Merchant RT X ACS X Third Imperium X X No Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Trader class Provincial Transport RC 1,000 ACS 15 Third Imperium 2 1 Yes Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Triad class Merchant RC 1,000 ACS 15 Third Imperium 2 1 Yes Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Tukera class Longliner RT 980 ACS 12 Third Imperium 2 2 No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Type HP class Passenger Liner RP 800 ACS X Hive Federation 2 1 No Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Type M class Subsidized Liner RP 600 ACS 12 Third Imperium 1 3 Yes Yes. Canon publication starship design with a Keith illustration.
Type MK class Transport RM 1,000 ACS 15 Third Imperium 2 1 No Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Type MN class Non-standard Merchant Vessel RTN X ACS X Third Imperium X X No Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Type R class Subsidized Merchant R1 400 ACS 10 Third Imperium 1 1 Yes Yes. Canon publication starship design with a Keith illustration.
Type R2 class Subsidized Merchant R2 500 ACS 11 Third Imperium 2 2 No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Type RL class Subsidized Merchant R1 600 ACS 9 Third Imperium 1 1 No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Type RL2 class Subsidized Merchant R2 600 ACS 11 Third Imperium 2 2 No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Type RQ class Subsidized Merchant R X ACS X Third Imperium 1 X No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Type RT class Longliner RT 1,000 ACS 12 Third Imperium 4 1 Yes Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Type RX class Merchant Trader R2 500 ACS 12 Third Imperium 2 2 Yes Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Vespir class Heavy Liner RH 2,000 ACS 12 Third Imperium 2 3 No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Virtue class Light Freighter RT 1,500 ACS 11 Distant Fringe 2 1 Yes No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Zoe Barrett class Trader RL 900 ACS 12 Distant Fringe 2 4 No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.


45 Representative Transport or Tanker (T) Classes

Class Superclass Tons Category TL Origin Jump G Image Canon
Class Superclass Tons Category TL Origin Jump G Image Canon
Aspirant class Provincial Carrier TC 9,000 BCS 9 Distant Fringe 1 2 Yes No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Average Cargo Ship class Cargo Ship TCG 69,900 BCS 12 Old Earth Union 2 1 No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan starship design.
Baleen class Heavy Tanker TF 40,000 BCS 11 Distant Fringe 2 2 Yes No. Unpublished, non-canon fan ship design.
Brilliant Gem class Cruise Liner TV 36,117 BCS 14 Third Imperium 5 1 No Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Brown class Jump Ship TJ 5,000 BCS 15 Third Imperium 6 1 Yes Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Brutus class Ship Transporter TV 30,000 BCS 11 Distant Fringe 2 1 Yes No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Caccil class Merchant TM 100,000 BCS 16 Aakho Pantocracy 2 2 No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Chtierabl class Transport TC 10,000 BCS 13 Zhodani Consulate 3 3 No Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Connestoga class Heavy Carrier TC 45,000 BCS 10 Distant Fringe 1 1 Yes No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Conveyor class Heavy Freighter TC 35,000 BCS 11 Distant Fringe 2 1 No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Corporate class Range Carrier TV 75,000 BCS 11 Distant Fringe 2 1 Yes No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Earth Mail class Tender TV 10,000 BCS 11 Third Imperium 2 1 Yes Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Empress class Bulk Carrier TC 75,000 BCS 9 Distant Fringe 1 1 Yes No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Endeavor class Ship Transporter TV 30,000 BCS 11 Distant Fringe 2 1 Yes No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Fat Jack class Bulk Freighter TC 5,000 BCS 11 Third Imperium X X No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Fornorb class Heavy Merchant TM 100,000 BCS 14 Third Imperium 1 1 No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan ship design.
Gargantuan class Heavy Transport TH 300,000 FCS 13 Third Imperium 2 1 No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Hercules class Commercial Tender TC 3,500 BCS 11 Distant Fringe 2 2 Yes No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
High Liner class Bulk Freighter TV 5,000 BCS 12 Bright Conclave 2 1 Yes No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Hydrogen class Fleet Fuel Tanker TFV 100 ACS 9 Third Imperium X X No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Jack Driscoll class Bulk Freighter TC 5,000 BCS 11 Nexus Fleet Forces 2 2 Yes No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Kleinnächster class Medium Tanker TF 8,000 BCS 11 Distant Fringe 2 2 No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Kobe class Bulk Carrier TC 50,000 BCS 13 Third Imperium 4 2 Yes Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Last Armada class Frontier Tanker TF 99,000 BCS 11 Terran Confederation 2 3 No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Last Armada class Heavy Transport TC 50,000 BCS 11 Terran Confederation 2 1 No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Mariner class Frame Carrier TV 90,000 BCS 11 Distant Fringe 2 1 Yes No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Marius class Ship Transporter TV 30,000 BCS 11 Distant Fringe 2 1 Yes No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Nimrod class Fuel Lighter TF 15,000 BCS 10 Distant Fringe 0 2 Yes No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Orowani Deep Space class
Commercial Tender
TV 3,500 BCS 11 Terran Confederation 2 2 No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Orowani Deep Space class
Heavy Tanker
TF 40,000 BCS 11 Bright Conclave 2 3 No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Pegasus class Bulk Cargo Carrier TC 3,000 BCS 9 Distant Fringe 1 2 Yes No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Port of Nickle Eugenia class Bulk Container Vessel TC 142,000 BCS 13 Talokan Armed Forces 4 4 No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Provision class Medium Tanker TF 8,000 BCS 11 Distant Fringe 2 2 Yes No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Refugee Pilgrim class Transport TL 10,000 BCS 12 Tenjada Moralitate 3 3 No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Regent class Station Tanker TF 80,000 BCS 12 Principality of Caledon 1 1 No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Reynolds Meyers Briggs class Heavy Merchant TC 7,000 BCS 12 Distant Fringe 1 1 No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Roca Maestro class Modular Ore Hauler TCO 2,500 BCS 12 Third Imperium 0 4 Yes No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Sagacity class Bulk Freighter TV 5,000 BCS 11 Distant Fringe 2 1 Yes No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Sao class Heavy Merchant TC 7,945 BCS 11 Rim Republic 2 1 No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Suluru class Mercantile Carrier TC 20,000 BCS 9 Distant Fringe 1 1 No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Three Sisters class Heavy Jump Transport TS 990,000 FCS 13 Principality of Caledon 1 1 No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan starship design.
Type 058A Fedko class Tanker TF 35,900 BCS 13 Sindalian Empire 4 2 No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Type TJ class Jump Ship TJ 5,000 BCS 15 Third Imperium 6 1 Yes Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Valdez class Fleet Tanker TF 100,000 BCS 13 Darrian Confederation 4 3 No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
World class Transport TL 3,000 BCS 15 Third Imperium 4 1 No Yes. Published, canon starship design.


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