Cargo crane & loading belt

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Cargo crane & loading belt

Postby Hakkonen » Wed Apr 18, 2018 8:50 am

Please see the entries in High Guard, pgs. 39 and 40.

How do these two pieces of equipment interact? Does one obviate the other? Additional details would be appreciated.
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Re: Cargo crane & loading belt

Postby AnotherDilbert » Wed Apr 18, 2018 10:58 am

We have no details.

I imagine the cargo crane is for large, heavy objects whereas the loading belt (conveyor belt?) is for smaller objects.
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Re: Cargo crane & loading belt

Postby phavoc » Fri Apr 20, 2018 1:15 am

You are right in that HG doesn't explain enough to compare/contrast the two. The crane is clearly designed to pick up cargo internally/externally and then deposit it outside the ship, either on the ground or a vehicle. But it doesn't list it's unloading speed.

The loading belt is specified to replace 10 crewmen who would be manually unloading, or 25 crewmen at TL12. It mentions the TL12 version can use high-powered magnets to propel cargo containers (an idea I find a bit silly, not to mention dangerous for the crew - especially those with metal piercings! :mrgreen: ).

I could not find any data that references how fast a cargo crane can move an object. The cargo crane specifies it's strong enough unload 32 or 65 ton containers, but not how fast, or how many crewmen are used.

The loading belt description is almost comparing it to old-fashioned freighters where stevedores did all the work except for lifting. Basically you are left to make it up on your own. I checked GURPS and didn't find an explanation either of unloading speeds. I can tell you that in the real world a container can be loaded/unloaded from a ship at speeds of up to 64 containers/hour. But that may be a bit too fast for your cargo vessel. However with modern cargo moving equipment you still are able to move a container onto a flatbed in minutes. Cargo belts today usually handle solid-type cargoes (grain, coal, etc), and aren't used to move containers.
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Re: Cargo crane & loading belt

Postby paltrysum » Fri Apr 20, 2018 1:46 am

I think both are more for color than actual technical detail. If any of you referee down to the level of the performance of your loading belt and/or cargo crane, my hat goes off to you. I suppose more detail could be warranted in certain situations (e.g., smuggling and law enforcement is on the way).
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Re: Cargo crane & loading belt

Postby Condottiere » Fri Apr 20, 2018 11:04 pm

Really heavy cargo, or lots of it in standard packets.

Anti gravity lifters should work for most tramp steamers.

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