Not particularly pretty, they manage to get the
job done. They are slow and lightly armed, making them excellent targets
for pirates if they stray too far from designated shipping lanes. The ships
are almost fully automatic, only requiring a crew of two: usually one Sullustan
and one droid to monitor ship systems and pilot during landing and take-off.
Additional cargo barges can be attached fore and
aft of the barge driver, since the freighter's main engines are offset on
a lateral strut. The average configuration for hauling is the main engine
with three barges fore and three aft, though it's not uncommon that several
more are hauled at one time. Extra barges have a cargo capacity of 400 metric
tons, double that of the main engine.
There is a rivalry among Nyubba-class freighter
pilots over who can haul the most barges over a prescribed distance. The
Chubby Gundark holds the record for the most barges hauled over 35
parsecs with an uncontrolled landing: 13 barges!
For more info on the Nyubba-Class
Cargo Barge Driver,
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