Freight
Notes

Most people think that if a cargo hold on a ship is rated at X dtons then that’s how much cargo they can carry. But that is rarely the case. To get even close requires unrealistically high packing efficiencies.

Bulk freight (for example) is almost always transported in standard cargo containers. A standard cargo container ‘consumes’ 4 dtons of cargo hold (assuming a standard height ceiling) yet contains at most 2.9 dtons of actual cargo. Further, standard cargo containers have weight limits, so if the cargo has a very high density then the container will not be fully loaded. Additionally, if the cargo is packed in cartons and the internal dimensions of the cargo container are not exact multiples of the carton size then there will be unused space.

Smaller cargos may or may not be palletised (mounted on a transport pallet) and if not then they are unlikely to stack. In this situation it is better to look at how much cargo hold floor space is ‘consumed’ by a particular lot or consignment.


Standard Cargo Containers

General purpose (dry cargo) container for interstellar use. It is suitable for the widest varieties of cargo. It is fully enclosed and weatherproof, having rigid walls, roof and floor, with one end equipped with doors.

Dimensions
Exterior 6.00L x 3.00W x 2.50H
Interior 5.84L x 2.91W x 2.29H
Door 2.91W x 2.19H
Empty weight 2.760 tonnes
Capacity 39 kliters, 32.300 tonnes


Liquids container for interstellar use. It is suitable for most liquid and gas cargos. It features a weatherproof cylindrical tank mounted inside an open frame.

Dimensions
Exterior 6.00L x 3.00W x 2.50H
Empty weight 3.400 tonnes
Capacity 24 kliters, 32.600 tonnes


Refrigerated container for interstellar use. It is typically used for fresh foodstuffs and can maintain an internal temperature of -18°C (assuming external environment is normal ambiant temperature) for 90 days. It is weatherproof, having rigid walls, roof and floor, with one end equipped with doors.

Dimensions
Exterior 6.00L x 3.00W x 2.50H
Interior 5.44L x 2.86W x 2.19H
Door 2.00W x 2.00H
Empty weight 3.040 tonnes
Capacity 34 kliters, 27.440 tonnes


Pallets

Pallets are flat loading plates that can be picked up by fork-lift trucks. Just about any object can be loaded on it provided it does not overhang: a small engine, a stack of boxed goods, etc. The cargo is then wrapped in plastic and a metal strap secures it. A top cap may be added (if the load has an even top) to allow stacking.

Dimensions
Size 1.00L x 1.25W x 0.16H
Stack upto 2.15H
Empty weight 20 kg
Capacity 2.6 kliters, 1 tonne

 


 

   
   

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