Provision class Medium Tanker
|Provision class Medium Tanker|
Distant Fringe vessel.
|Type: TF Medium Tanker|
|Hull Configuration||[[Cone Hull]]|
|Cargo||0.0 Tons |
Tankage: 4,200.0 Tons
|Fuel tank||0 Tons|
|End of Service||Still in active service.|
|Cost||MCr4,521.430 (base) |
|Architect fee||Ade Stewart|
|Quick Ship Profile||Not applicable.|
|Canon||Published, fan design|
|Starships are designed with the Classic Traveller format, using High Guard.|
- It is a civilian ship and a Medium Tanker.
- The vessel is a TL-11 design.
- Vessels of this type are often employed as Gas Traders.
- Please also see: Ships of the Distant Fringe
A generic class of civilian vessel, the Medium Tanker is a large commercial hydrogen fuel transporter commonly encountered throughout the Distant Fringe region. It is classified as a Tanker and is constructed as a conventional design, although in all respects it qualifies as a long-range vessel. Similar designs have been in use from the time the Distant Fringe was first settled.
The Provision class is a streamlined flattened cone with a mean diameter of 35 meters and a length of around 125 meters. In general the vessel is wider than it is tall and the midsection is bulkier, giving it a total enclosed volume of approximately 202,500 cubic meters. Three huge fuel tanks form the majority of the interior of the ship. The tanks are separated by service decks filled with ladders and gantries and are subdivided into smaller interlinked cells containing baffles, compressors, and pumping equipment. The engineering section is located aft, within the core of the vessel, while the bridge and accessible sections of the ship such as the crew quarters and the lifeboat hangar are located forward. The main corridor, which is offset at its center to reduce the risks associated with accidents or damage, links the various decks and sections together.
A basic deck plan of the vessel indicating the general layout and positioning of major elements.
Basic Ship Characteristics
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. 
|Basic Ship Characteristics |
|1.||Tonnage||The Provision class is constructed using an 8,000 dTon hull built in a conical configuration. The hull is streamlined and has good atmospheric capability: its atmospheric handling characteristics are heavily reliant on its onboard gravitic systems.|
|2.||Crew||Total Crew Complement: 61
|3.||Performance||The vessel mounts a DeVoss-type Jump-2 drive, a Maneuver-2 drive and a Power Plant-2, giving performance of Jump-2 and 2-G acceleration and producing 160 Energy Points. The ship has an agility rating of 0 and an emergency agility of 2. The dedicated internal fuel tankage gives the power plant 4 weeks duration.
|4.||Electronics||Adjacent to the bridge is a Model/4 Computer: the vessel has a backup Model/4 Computer.|
|6.||Armament||The normal weapons fit-out for a Medium Tanker is:|
|7.||Defenses||The hull is unarmored.
The vessel is not fitted with screens or other passive defensive systems.
|9.||Fuel Treatment||The vessel has dedicated internal fuel tankage of 1,760 dTons.|
|10.||Cost||The basic cost of the vessel, complete with its complement of subcraft, is MCr4,521.430
|11.||Construction Time||152 weeks (38 months) as standard.
|12.||Comments||The vessel does not have a cargo hold: it is standard practice to store supplies in unused staterooms.|
The design is representative and a large number of variants exist, particularly with regard to the allotted weapons systems, onboard electronics, and the fit out of internal spaces. Medium Tankers are designed to skim fuel from gas giant worlds and transport it back to a commercial market, using the onboard refining plant to process and purify the product en route.
Distant Fringe Vessels
The Distant Fringe is said to be a far spinward-rimward area inhabited by colonists and refugees originating on Terra. The region is extremely isolated, separated from the rest of Charted Space by vast, almost uncrossable rifts that were once broached by a system of calibration Points and the use of tankers. Those few academics within Charted Space who have found references to the Distant Fringe regard it as little more than a tall tale. Likewise, many of the inhabitants of the Distant Fringe believe the existence of Charted Space to be mythical.
Vessels originating within the Distant Fringe are very rarely encountered outside of the region. However, misjumps do occur and anomalies with bizarre spacetime and Jumpspace effects exist: as such, craft of this type are not entirely unknown within Charted Space.
Class Naming Practice/s & Peculiarities
A number of companies manufacture ships equivalent to the Provision class. They vary in hull shape and internal layout but all share the same basic design and all have very similar capabilities and performance characteristics.
- Each variant class is named by the company that produces it: these organizations generally draw on traditional naming protocols. It is not uncommon for a historical class name to be reused.
- Individual vessels within a class are issued specific serial numbers and transponder codes but traditionally are named by their owners. This is considered a serious affair and a ship with a frivolous name is considered "unlucky".
Selected Variant Types & Classes
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