Sirocco class Merchant Freighter

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Sirocco class Merchant Freighter
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Type: ML Merchant Freighter
Agility {{{agility}}}
Also see Freighter
Architect Ade Stewart
Blueprint No
Canon No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Cargo 2700.0 Tons
Cost MCr5512.582 (base)
MCr4410.066 (qty)
Crew 43
Enlisted 34
Officers 9
EOS {{{EOS}}}
Era 1105
Hardpoints 50
Hull Cone Hull
Illustration Yes
Jump J-2
Maneuver 2 G
Manufacturer Various
Marines 0
Model Model/3
Origin Distant Fringe
Passengers 24 High/Med 100 Low
QSP Not applicable
Reference Ade Alagoric Stewart
Size 5,000 Tons
Size-cat BCS
Streamlining Streamlined Hull
Tech Level TL–11
USP MC–E222231–080000–00006-0
Starships are designed with the Classic Traveller format, using High Guard.

The Sirocco class Merchant Freighter is a mercantile starship.

Description (Specifications)[edit]

A generic class of civilian vessel, the Merchant Freighter is a commercial transport commonly encountered along Star Lanes and within backwater areas in the Distant Fringe region. It is classified as a Bulk Cargo Carrier and is constructed as a conventional design. Similar designs have been in use from the time the Distant Fringe was first settled.

Image Repository[edit]

  1. A Sirocco class Merchant Freighter in side view.
    J2 5000dT Merchant Freighter.jpg

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 craft) 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 5,000 tons.

The Merchant Freighter is constructed using a 5000 dTon hull built in a generally cone-shaped configuration. The hull is fully streamlined: the ship is equipped with fuel scoops.

  • Individual sections of the ship are divided by bulkhead walls. Sections of the ship can be isolated in the event of an emergency.
  • The hull includes internal grav plates and inertial compensators. All accessible sections of the hull have life support.
2. Crew x43 crew.

The Merchant Freighter requires requires x43 crew: 9x command, 7x engineering, 8x gunnery, and 15x service, of whom 1 serves as flight crew for the Ship’s Boat as required. In addition, the vessel carries 3 passenger stewards and a medic.

3. Performance Propulsion:

The vessel mounts a DeVoss-type Jump-2 drive, a Maneuver-2 drive, and a Power plant 2, giving performance of Jump-2 and 2G acceleration. The ship has an agility rating of 1 and an emergency agility of 2. There is fuel tankage of 1100 dTons, sufficient for one Jump-2 and giving the power plant four weeks duration. The ship is equipped with a purification plant.

  • The engineering section has a main control room.
  • The jump drive utilises a lanthanum hull grid.
  • The jump drive is fitted with a jump governor.
4. Electronics Model/3 computer.

Adjacent to the bridge is a computer model/3: the vessel carries an additional backup computer model/3. The vessel has a secure locker with a capacity of 3 dTons. There are 50 staterooms and 100 low berths, primarily used to transport livestock. Double occupancy accommodations are required for all except the command crew. 24 staterooms are available to paying passengers. Cargo capacity amounts to 2700 dTons.

  • The vessel is fitted with communications equipment and a sensor suite.
5. Hardpoints xTBD hardpoints.
  • The listed battery groupings are considered standard for the class. Alternative battery groupings may be designated for specific routes.
6. Armament The normal weapons fit-out for it is:
  • The ship is fitted with 50 turrets. These are grouped into:
  • Two sandcaster batteries, each consisting of 10 linked triple turrets
  • Three missile batteries, each consisting of 10 linked triple turrets
7. Defenses No information yet available.
8. Craft The ship carries a 40 dTon Ship’s Boat housed in a dedicated hanger.
9. Fuel Treatment TBD
10. Cost MCrTBD.

The basic cost of the vessel, complete with a Ship’s Boat, is MCr2442.559.

  • Both craft are standard designs. Detailed architectural plans are widely available and no design fee is chargeable.
  • If multiple examples of the design are ordered all of the ships in the production run qualify for a 20% discount, which reduces their price to MCr1954.048.
11. Construction Time TBD months to build, TBD months in quantity.
12. Comments TBD
  • Standard cargo capacity amounts to TBD.0 tons.

History & Background (Dossier)[edit]

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.

Class Naming Practice/s & Peculiarities[edit]

No information yet available.

Selected Variant Types & Classes[edit]

Merchant Ship - 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
  2. Type MF class Provincial Freighter
    1. Star*mart class Provincial Merchant
  3. Type MH class Heavy Freighter
    1. TBD class Freighter
  4. 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
  5. Type MM class Medium Freighter
    1. Independence of the Stars class Interstellar Liner
  6. 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 Modular Ship
    10. Shuvalivashtu class Luxury Liner
  7. Type MS class Superheavy Freighter
    1. Mavuzo class Super Freighter

References & Contributors (Sources)[edit]

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  1. Timothy B. Brown. Fighting Ships (Game Designers Workshop, 1981), 10.
  2. Timothy B. Brown. Fighting Ships (Game Designers Workshop, 1981), 10.