Kethkin Class X Transport

«Last Updated on December 21, 2023 »

from FASA Star Trek© Starship Tactical Combat Simulator – Federation Ship Recognition Manual (2nd Edition)


The Kethkin tugs, which trail their cargo pods in two rows behind them, have an overall cargo capacity of more than 325,000 tons (6,500 units). When loaded to this capacity, these transports are sluggish and unmaneuverable. To aid them in maneuvering during cargo pick-up or drop-off, the Kethkins carry 6 specially-designed craft called ‘mules’. These little vessels push the pods into position for loading or move them away during unloading operations.

Of the 128 Kethkins built, 124 remain in active service. One is used by Star Fleet Training Command; 1 has been destroyed; 1 is listed as missing; and 1 has been scrapped due to structural damage suffered during loading operations.

The Kethkin is manufactured at the Tellar, Cait, Salazaar, and Sol VI facilities. The combined rate of production is 28 per year. This vessel is commercially available, with over 125 currently in civilian operation.

Construction Data:
Model Number — Mk I
Ship Class — X
Date Entering Service — 2273
Number Constructed — 128
Hull Data:
Superstructure Points — 24
Damage Chart — C
Length — 120 m
Width — 170 m
Height — 60 m
Weight — 142,615 mt
Cargo Units — 6,500 SCU
Cargo Capacity — 325,000 mt
Landing Capacity — None
Equipment Date:
Control Computer Type — M-6
Standard 6-person — 2
Emergency 22-person — 1
Cargo — 1
Other Data:
Crew — 34
Passengers — 10
Shuttlecraft — 6
Engines And Power Data:
Total Power Units Available — 56
Movement Point Ratio:
unloaded — 4/1
loaded — 7/1
Warp Engine Type — FWG-1
Number — 2
Power Units Available: 26 ea.
Stress Chart – D/F
Max Safe Cruising Speed –
unloaded – Warp 8
loaded- Warp 5
Emergency Speed –
unloaded – Warp 10
loaded – Warp 7
Impulse Engine Type – FID-2
Power Units Available – 4
Shield Data:
Deflector Shield Type – FSJ
Shield Point Ratio – 1/1
Maximum Shield Power – 10
Combat Efficiency:
D –
unloaded – 68.3
loaded – 59.8
WDF – 0.0

Designer Notes: The primary problem with the Kethkin class is that none of the numbers work with the design. The original design calls for a class IX vessel which has two FWG-1’s. The FWG-1 does not work on a class IX. Nor does the computer (M-6)…and in fact there is a LOT that just doesn’t work. So the question comes down to how to address the issues and make it work. You COULD lighten the ship (especially in leu of the graphic issues of only showing one engine).