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Large Transports. These ships have huge cargo holds able to carry whole stations and even the ability to dock fighters. The are unable to dock at stations and relying on Freight Drones for trade.

Stats overview

NameRaceMax Speed (m/s)*Max Acceleration*Max Steering (rpm)*HullMax ShieldShield Power Generator (MW)Lasers and Turrets**Max Laser Energy (MJ)Laser Energy Reload Rate (MW)Max CargobayWare Transport ClassHangarPriceAvailability***
***Undefined*** Hauler (1)Argon41.3?0.53,400,0007 x 2GJ34,2000,0,0,0,0,0,00042,000L2 x M3+-M532,797,400Not found in vanilla
***Undefined*** Hauler (2-6)Argon37.8?0.43,400,0001 x 2GJ34,2000,0,0,0,0,0,00024,000XL2 x M3+-M532,797,400Not found in vanilla
AlbatrossTeladi8840.51,800,0006 x 200MJ3,2000,2,2,2,0,0,217,100170.943,000ST7 x M3+-M516,793,850

Available for purchase

Atmospheric LifterTerran112.542.51,500,0005 x 200MJ3,3000,0,0,0,0,0,017,100170.980,000ST5 x M3+-M515,125,000Boarding only
Civilian Vessel Hauler (1-3)Argon87.6?2.3

1,500,000

5 x 200MJ3,3000,2,2,2,0,0,217,100170.960,000ST5 x M3+-M517,557,200Not found in vanilla
ElephantSplit13290.5

1,200,000

5 x 200MJ4,3000,2,2,2,0,0,227,300272.934,000ST14 x M3+-M510,687,000

Available for purchase

HerculesParanid96.640.5

1,500,000

6 x 200MJ4,0000,2,2,2,0,0,218,800 187.9 40,000ST 9 x M3+-M512,213,700

Available for purchase

MammothArgon87.642.3

1,500,000

5 x 200MJ3,3000,2,2,2,0,0,217,100170.9 60,000ST 5 x M3+-M517,557,250

Available for purchase

Mobile Mining Base-ShipTerran87.62.3

1,500,000

 
5 x 200MJ3,300 0,2,2,2,2,0,2 17,100170.960,000ST 5 x M3+-M5 17,557,250

Available for purchase

Mobile Pirate Base HaulerPirates87.642.31,500,0005 x 200MJ3,3000,2,2,2,0,0,217,100 170.960,000 ST 5 x M3+-M517,557,250Boarding only
Mobile Pirate Station (1-2)Yaki180?0.6650,0008 x 200MJ1,0000,0,0,0,0,0,010,000044,000ST 15 x ?2,500,000Not found in vanilla
OrcaBoron110.860.51,350,000 5 x 200MJ3,8000,2,2,2,0,0,215,300152.950,000ST 10 x M3+-M5 13,740,450

Available for purchase

OziasGoner112.616 0.3 1,600,000 8 x 200MJ3,2000,0,0,0,0,0,00052,500ST12 x M3+-M515,125,000Boarding only
RyuYaki12080.31,050,0004 x 200MJ3,3000,2,2,2,0,0,218,00016536,000ST 12 x M3+-M5 12,550,000

Available for purchase

Starliner HaulerArgon87.642.31,500,0005 x 200MJ3,3000,2,2,2,0,0,217,100170.960,000ST 5 x M3+-M517,557,250Not found in vanilla
Troop Training Ship HaulerArgon87.642.3 1,500,0005 x 200MJ3,3000,2,2,2,0,0,217,100170.960,000ST5 x M3+-M517,557,250Not found in vanilla

* = Maximum able to be obtained by purchased tunings.   These values can be exceeded by using Pandora Tunings.

** = Number of available laser slots in the Main, Front, Left, Right, Up, Down, Back batteries

*** = Ships with data existing in the vanilla game files are listed but some are not available during play without mods or scripts

Functions and applications

Although able to function as trade ships, the slow speed, high cost and AI seldom utilising more than 8k cargobay volume make TL class ships unsuited for the role.   Players will primarily use TL ships for the construction of stations/complexes, as a storage depot for CLS trade ships, as supply ships for fleets and M7Ms and as a mini carrier for collecting captured fighters or hauling spare ship equipment.   Most TL ships are able to mount capital ship class lasers but lack the Laser Energy Reload Rate for sustained fire while in sector.   Out of sector TLs can easily fend off attackers up to M6+ ships.

NPC TL ships can be found idling in most core sectors and some border sectors and are always found in those sectors showing they have no orders when the info for the individual ship is looked up.   Civilian TLs can also be found with the title of Arena, Hospital Ship and Casino.   There are 30 Supply TLs shared between the 5 major commonwealth Races (approx. 6 each)(Job: 3001), 10 Atmospheric Lifters in specific sectors (Jobs: 110-119), 4 Terran Ice Miners (Job: 300), 2 Yaki idle TLs (Job: 2108) and 4 patrolling ones (Job: 2109), 3 Terran Supply TLs (Job: 3002), 15 Hospital Ships (approx. 3 per major Race)(Job: 6112), up to 15 Casinos (approx. 0-3 per major race)(Job: 6120) and 20 Arenas (approx. 4 per major race)(Job: 6127).   When enough stations have been lost in a sector due to Pirates, Xenon or player raids (race specific reconstruction command) or every 5? days of gameplay (global reconstruction command) NPC TL ships will be used to construct new stations (not necessarily the same type or in the same place).   If an NPC TL is found with the captain being unable to be hired or outside its usual sectors (ones with a shipyard), then it probably tasked with constructing a new NPC station.   TLs tasked to construct stations will only show they have orders when returning back to their home sector.   If the TL has no station in the cargobay it is advisable escort it to the destination shipyard.   Monitoring of TLs is best done by having an M5 use the follow command and renaming it after the sector the TL usually resides in.   As the NPC TL travels, the station type in the cargobay may change on loading.   By boarding these construction TLs, the player can acquire stations belonging to hostile races and even some stations not available for purchase.   There is a bug however that these ships will not be able to cancel the construction order even after being boarded so need to have the player fly them until the cargo is transferred to another TL ship.

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