Freighters, or cargo ships, are designations given to starships and vehicles that are assigned to ferry goods, materials and substances from one location to another. (TNG video games: Armada, Armada II; et al.)

Freighters carry cargo inside their own hulls, in designated spaces called cargo holds or cargo bays. Larger vessels of these classifications are more likely to carry cargo in the form of bulk goods and sealed, standardized containers. In many designs, cargo containers can be docked externally to the main hull, to be undocked and exchanged at each port.

A tanker is specifically design to carry bulk matter in gas or liquid state.

Cargo ships sometimes have some capacity for carrying passengers, although the quality of accomodations can vary widely. Transports and starliners are more specifically designed to transport people.

Freighter classes

freighter and cargo ship classes
Federation Aakenn-classAltair-classChariot-classFederation cargo shipFederation mining freighterFiji-classLaweya-classLiberty-classMidway-classMoKal-classMonarch-classOverfield-classRakota-class
Klingon Empire Baka Re' -classBesz Ra'te' -classKlingon cargo shipKlingon mining freighterPlen Zha-class
Romulan Star Empire Graffler-class22nd century Romulan cargo ship24th century Romulan cargo shipRomulan mining freighterVespin-class
other Borg collectorCardassian mining freighterFerengi cargo shipGroumall-classJ-classSpecies 8472 collectorY-class


Starship classification
By type argosyassault cruiserassault shipattack cruiserattack fighterbattlecruiserbattle frigatebattleshipbird-of-preybombercargo transportcarriercolony shipcombat support tendercommand battlecruiserconstruction shipcorsaircorvettecouriercruisercutterdestroyerdreadnoughtescortexplorerfast attack shipfast cruiserflagshipfreighterfrigatefuel transportgunboatheavy cruiserheavy destroyerheavy escorthospital shipin-system courierliaison cutterlight cruiserlight frigatemedical frigatemedium cruisermining freightermissile cruisermonitormulti-mission explorerpassenger linerpatrol cruiserpersonnel carrierpilot escortprison bargerepair tenderresearch vesselresearch cruiserrunaboutscoutsleeper shipstar battleshipstar cruiserstrike cruisersuper carriersuper-heavy cruisersupport frigatesurveyortankertendertimeshiptransporttroop transporttugwarbirdwarpshuttleweapon ship

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