Caine class Troop Transport

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Caine class
Troop Transport
Bright Conclave Logo.gif
Bright Conclave vessel.
Type: RT Liner
Size 6,000 Tons
Hull Configuration [[Cylinder Hull]]
Streamlining Partially Streamlined Hull
Tech Level TL–11
Computer Model/5 fib
Jump J-2
Maneuver 2 G
Hardpoints 60
Staterooms 0
Crew 70
    Officers 14
    Enlisted 56
High/Mid Passengers 0
Cargo 220 Tons
Fuel tank 0 Tons
Origin Distant Fringe
Cost MCr3,333.104 (base)
MCr2,666.484 (qty)
Architect fee MCrRonald B. Kline, Jr.
Quick Ship Profile Not applicable
Blueprint Yes
Illustration Yes
Also see Transport
Canon Published, fan design
Era 1105
Reference Ron Kline Design
Starships are designed with the Classic Traveller format, using High Guard Shipyard v1.13 written by Andrea Vallance.

The Orowani Deep Space class Light Liner is an auxiliary starship.

Description (Specifications)

The ODS class are converted from long-range paramilitary transports and carry enough internal fuel for two Jump-2s and a reserve Jump-1. They can be fitted with drop tanks as needed in order to cross larger rift zones. The design includes scoops and onboard purification for wilderness refueling, should that opportunity present itself. The craft is capable of 2-G acceleration giving good performance within the gravity wells of most gas giant worlds.

The vessel is fitted with 100 low berths and has sufficient accommodations to house 100 middle passengers and 100 high passengers. It is fitted with a pair of Model/5fib Computers, a remnant of its paramilitary origins and former role as a troop transport. The thick bulkheads and hatches are utilitarian and the entire vessel lacks the style and grace of similar purpose-built liners. It carries twenty 20 dTon Marrel Veckor class Lifeboats. ODS class vessels have multiple hardpoints but are not routinely armed.

Image Repository

J-2 6000 dT ODS Liner.jpg
An ODS class Light Liner, a converted military transport used as part of the Orowani Deep Space Fuel Cache.

General Description

The ODS class Liner is a partially streamlined cylinder with a mean diameter of 28 meters and a length of around 130 meters. Some elements of the hull are narrower and some are wider, giving the vessel a total enclosed volume of approximately 81,000 cubic meters.

Much of the interior space is given over to the vessels large fuel tanks, which form the majority of the central and rear sections of the ship, though access ways and workstations are located among them. The cargo hold includes the cryogenic (low berth) section. Working sections of the vessel such as the laundry, the galleys and general crew quarters are located aft. Senior officers are accommodated forward, close to the bridge, while stewards have rooms close to passenger cabins. Middle passage accommodations are found in the less desirable midsection of the vessel while first class cabins are located forward. There is a primary mess hall and an exercise deck.

J-2 6000dT ODS Liner.jpg
A basic deck plan of the vessel indicating the general layout and positioning of major elements. The vessel has 36 vertical decks.

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. [1]

Basic Ship Characteristics [2]
No. Category Remarks
1. Tonnage / Hull The ODS class Light Liner is constructed using a 6000 dTon hull built in a cylindrical configuration. The hull is partially streamlined, giving a reasonable atmospheric performance that is fundamentally reliant on its gravitic systems.
  • Individual sections of the ship are divided by bulkhead walls.
  • There are multiple personnel airlocks located around the vessel. The cargo hold is accessed by large doors and has a loading ramp.
  • The vessel has sturdy retractable legs, allowing surface landings.
2. Crew Total Crew Complement: x63

x9 Command, x9 Engineering, and x18 Service Crew: these double up as flight crew for the vessel's intrinsic subcraft as required. In addition, the vessel carries x2 Medics.

There are x250 Staterooms.

There are 100 Low Berths, tended by the ship's Medics and properly trained staff.

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. Sections of the ship can be isolated in the event of an emergency.
  • There are multiple Emergency Lockers.
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, 2-G acceleration, and producing 120 Energy Points. The ship has an agility rating of 1 and an emergency agility of 2. The internal fuel tankage is sufficient for two consecutive Jump-2s and one additional Jump-1 and gives the power plant 6 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/5fib Computer: no backup computer is installed.
5. Hardpoints x60 hardpoints.
  • The listed battery groupings are considered standard for the class. Alternative battery groupings may be designated for specific charters.
6. Armament The ODS class is unarmed.
7. Defenses The hull is unarmored.

x60 triple Sandcaster turrets, forming six batteries each of 10 linked turrets

The vessel is not fitted with screens or other passive defensive systems.

8. Craft Flight Section

The subcraft are housed in dedicated hangars located all around the ship: the hangars can be sealed and have a total volume of 520 dTons.

9. Fuel Treatment The vessel has internal fuel tankage of 3,180 dTons.
10. Cost The basic cost of the vessel, complete with its complement of subcraft, is MCr3,288.104.
  • Architects Fee: MCr32.882.
  • If multiple examples of the design are ordered all of the ships in the production run qualify for a 20% discount, which reduces the price per unit to MCr2,630.484.
11. Construction Time 160 weeks (40 months) as standard.
  • 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 220 dTons.

History & Background (Dossier)

ODS class Liners are former Bright Conclave troop transports converted for use with the Orowani Deep Space Fuel Cache, a deep-space Calibration Point that was constructed to allow access to the remote Sarunt system (1939 Halcyon), the homeworld of the Treehangers. The class were originally designed to operate within the Great Void, a huge rift region lying rimward of the Distant Fringe, and as such were perfectly suited to their role.

All of the vessels used to create the ODSFC were at the end of their working lives when they were purchased. Each was prepared (primarily through making repairs and removing superfluous equipment, plus the addition of powerful communications and sensor suites) and then jumped to interstellar hex (1937 Halcyon). Since then much of their internal heavy equipment has been stripped out, while their internal drive tankage has been added to the cache's overall fuel holding capacity. None of the vessels are in good condition and entire sections are sealed off, unable to maintain internal environmental conditions.

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.[3]

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.[4]

Class Naming Practice/s & Peculiarities

A number of companies manufacture ships equivalent to the ODS 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 first crew, though from a list of approved options. This is considered a serious affair and a ship with a frivolous name is considered "unlucky".

Selected Variant Types & Classes

Merchant VesselLiner:

References & Contributors (Sources)

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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.
  3. An unpublished factoid written by Maksim-Smelchak
  4. An unpublished factoid written by Maksim-Smelchak