Escort Convoy

A large delivery of The Spice is enroute and moving through TSN patrolled space. Your orders are to ensure the convoy carry The Spice continues through the assigned area. It is vital that the vessels do not come too close to one another in the event of tribo-electric static discharging.

The destination of The Spice is going to a system where it will become legal for regional citizens to consume next week. Until recent, that regional planetary government had laws around obtaining this ingredient for both recreational and enhancing psychoactive use. Insurgents could target this delivery as they are in the area. Pirates have also been known to loot large convoys too.

USFPTA stands for United Space Faring Planets Trade Agreement allows all allied planets within controlled space, to virtually allow all goods be traded with one another. This would apply to items that is considered by the USFP citizens with personal value since most things can be created through 3D printing and A.I. robotic assembly.

The administration of several planets wants to increase the trade value between their largest importers. The new deal changes USFPTA in six areas. The most important is that USFPTA created specific rules to regulate trade in agricultural products such as The Spice. These also apply to some services, such as telecommunications and rare minerals that cannot be synthesized in labs.

The Spice is proned to exploding.

Preventing The Spice dust explosions
To reduce the risk of a The Spice dust explosion or fire, focus on controlling dust and reducing the sources of ignition. Preventative measures include continuous housekeeping, sanitation, and regularly scheduled maintenance.

  • Implement a housekeeping or sanitation program to decrease grain dust in all work areas. Leg boots should be cleaned routinely to remove excess dust and kernels. Additional preventative steps include:
  • Developing and implementing a routine lubrication plan for bearings on the basis of the manufacturer’s recommendations,
  • Developing and implementing a standard operating procedure (SOP) for housekeeping practices to minimize The Spice dust accumulation,
  • Using a food-grade mineral spray on grain that is being transferred,
  • Installing a bearing-temperature monitor in strategic locations throughout The Spice handling system and implementing a program to periodically monitor bearing temperature,
  • Installing belt-rub sensors inside bucket-elevator leg casings,
  • Substituting steel cups with plastic cups in elevator legs,
  • Using antistatic belting material in legs and horizontal belt conveyors,
  • Establishing easy-to-open cleanout doors in the leg-boot side panel for easy removal of The Spice and dust,
  • Installing dust aspiration systems or a ventilation system at The Spice transfer points,
  • Training crew in safe work practices so that they can recognize and prevent hazards that could lead to a Spice dust explosion,
  • Posting No Smoking signs and actively enforcing the rule,
  • Completing regularly scheduled inspections to locate any defective wiring or sparking and make repairs as needed,
  • The Transport hulls are constantly charged as it is grounding any electrical build up.

The transports uses the so-called single point ground. In this case the electronics are referenced to the structure as well, but the grounds all are carried via wires to a single point, and there connected directly to the structure. The wire harness contains twisted pairs (also often shielded) which minimizes undesired current loops and interference from other electrical noise, both of which can corrupt the signals being carried by the wires. This scheme is better suited to scientific craft but can be applied to The Spice transport vessels. Operating policies include operating vessels outside of a 100 distance until radius while in transit, or when instruments read safe levels of tribo-electric charging build up.

TSN Oshawa
Captain's Log
14 October 18

We received orders from TSN Regional Command Ops to secure and escort a large convoy of cargo vessels carrying The Spice through the Martial Controlled Area. These vessels were to maintain their flight plans at all costs to ensure that cargo vessels did not come too close to each other or any other vessels. This was due to the high risk of tribo-electric static discharge which could cause an explosion. The Spice is a very volatile substance when transported in large quantities. The Spice was on route to the Cerberus System where it has become legal for regional citizens to consume.

The TSN Oshawa was placed on Yellow Alert after making the rendezvous with the convoy. All defensive and attack systems were brought to warm ready, given how volatile The Spice is we did not want to delay if an intercept was necessary. Long range sensors did continuous sweeps of the area to ensure that we would have advance notice of any approaching vessels. There was minimal activity in the sector as we maintained a close escort of the convoy. Only intercepts of two groups of Piranha were required. Otherwise the convey was able to maintain its route through the sector

This was a surprisingly quiet escort, based on recent Insurgency activity in the Martial Controlled Area I expected there to be far more issues. In an eerie way, this feels like the calm before a storm. It is greatly disconcerting that this drop in activity by the Insurgency has occurred, mostly considering the high level target this convoy represented. Only time will tell.

In Omnia Paratus - Ready For All Things

Capt. Tyler DeNobrega
Commanding Officer
TSN Oshawa
3rd Light Division
Terran Stellar Navy Canadian Fleet
United Space Faring Planets
Creation date: 10/31/2018 11:10 AM     Updated: 10/31/2018 11:11 AM