Officials of the General Shipyards on Regina today announced that they have
completed negotiations with Tukera Lines to locally manufacture L-Hyd drop tanks
for use on high-capacity commercial vessels. The first production examples are
expected to be available within six months, at which time Tukera Lines will begin
high capacity service from the interior. Component assembly will be carried out at
General's more modern facilities on Pixie (0303-A100103-D).
L-Hyd drop ships have only been in service for the last dozen years in the
interior, being made possible by recent advances in the field of capacitor
engineering, a joint press release explained. Commercial vessels equipped with the
new generation of long-storage jump capacitors carry jump fuel in specially
designed L-Hyd drop tanks in excess of their rated tonnage. Upon conversion of the
fuel to the massive energy required for jump, the drop tanks are explosively
jettisoned through the use of break-away connections and explosive bolts. Jump is
executed when the remains of the tanks
are a safe distance from the vessel.
A spokesman for General Shipyards explained that local yards are not yet
capable of manufacturing the long-storage capacitors required for the process, but
that production of the drop tanks is possible, thus allowing the high capacity
starships of the Tukera Lines to begin service to the Regina subsector.
L-Hyd drop tanks are not reusable
, and thus increase the absolute cost per
jump. However, experience has shown that the increase in cargo tonnage resulting
from the elimination of internal J-fuel storage more than makes up for this, the
press release explained.
The joint press release concluded by stating that local manufacture of L-Hyd
drop tanks marked the dawn of a newsera of commerce and prosperity in the
Regina subsector. Following the announcement, common stock in Oberlindes Lines
plummeted 27 points on the Regina exchange before trading was suspended.
Officials of Oberlindes Lines were not available for comment.
Close on the heels of the joint announcement by General Shipyards and
Tukera Lines that L-Hyd drop tanks would soon be manufactured in the Regina
subsector, came word by express boat fromsthe Imperial core that a decision has
been made to deploy Jump-6 L-Hyd drop tank express boats on all major express
routes. Initial feasibility studies indicate that such a system could average jump5.5
per week by executing maximum jumps where possible, and leaving current xboat
units to disseminate information between the new major relay points. The system
is expected to cut communication time to the lmperial hub to under 25 weeks.
The Initial System Deployment Schedule indicates that the Regina subsector can
expect to be fully integrated into the network within a decade.
In later issues we would learn of "accidents" at the manufacturing yards and the destruction of a drop tank liner due to a "fault"
Sadly all of these lovely plot developments were stomped on by the FFW and we would never see drop tank merchants, jump 6 x boats, trade wars between local shipping lines (Oberlindes Lines) over the issue of drop tank merchants.