Sealed, pressurised, insulated and heated containers capable of storing and transporting cargo. Power is supplied by plugging into the transporting ship, or by an external battery pack during container transfers (including exo-atmospheric ship-to-ship transfers).
Externally, all standard cargo containers are 54 cubic metres (4 displacement tons, measuring 3 m wide by 3 m tall by 6 m long). Some are built to store bulk goods such as ores, liquids, or gases; their dimensions and costs are the same.
Standard containers are usually owned by transport companies which use their own (or hire other) vessels to transport them. If cargoes are transferred between companies, the container is sold along with the cargo (the price of a container is generally small compared with its contents and is just seen as a normal overhead). Some companies enter into arrangements where they simply swap containers and wait until the end of the year to "balance the books".
Free traders often have a few of their own containers to house and transport otherwise unsealed goods, often storing a "mixed" set of cargo in the container. This allows the cargo area to be depressurised without harm, although the drawback is that selling each type of cargo requires "cracking" the container. In this case, exo-atmospheric transfer is generally not undertaken; individual cargoes must be transferred through airlocks and docking tubes. Free traders do not usually sell their partially-filled containers, since it leaves them short on secure cargo storage.
|TL||Material||Internal volume (cu. m.)||Weight (T)||Price (Cr)|
|9||Light composite laminates||51.99||4.26||8800|
All use 0.001 MW to run. All aspects (sides, top and bottom) of standard containers are armored to factor-4 (Striker or MegaTraveller).
|TL||Type||Volume (l)||Weight (kg)||Price (Cr)|
Batteries can be recharged aboard ship. All prices are modified for standard designs.
Sealed, pressurised, insulated and heated containers capable of storing and transporting large volumes of live marine animals. They are capable of holding a variety of live species in perfect condition. The tanks include compartments for grading, sorting by delivery dates, and different species.
The tanks include equipment to circulate, aerate, filtrate and purify the liquid (usually water) contained within. A user programs the unit with the details of the carried species, and an intelligent monitoring device manages the equipment. The user is informed if more liquid is required, filters need cleaning, a problem occurs in the system or if there is a power failure (usual practice is to install a battery backup).
Power is supplied by plugging into the transporting ship, or by an external battery pack during container transfers (including exo-atmospheric ship-to-ship transfers).
|Tank Type||Tank Size
|Weight (T)||Price (Cr)|
|Small Bulk Tank||1||5||500||0.5||2||7||7.5||30000|
|Medium Bulk Tank||2||10||1000||1||4||14||15||60000|
|Large Bulk Tank||4||30||5000||5||8||38||43||120000|
Designer's Note: figures are based on real-world bulk tanks from Austmarine, plus the addition of TL 10 standard cargo container data.
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