- You may also be looking for the larger Malon export vessel.
This gradient of vessel possessed three theta storage tanks, capable of carrying over ninety million isotons of contaminated waste. They were armed with spatial charge launchers and equipped with a tractor beam. (VOY: "Night", "Extreme Risk")
For this type of "Malon freighter," the revised final draft of the script described the following, "A large, bulky, cargo vessel designed to carry toxic waste." It also described that the freighter had "Several ports along the hull vent explosive bursts of toxic antimatter -- gas, debris, flotsam. The waste product of an advanced, spacefaring species."
Known then as the "toxic waste tanker" the design, finalized in June 1998, was a brainchild of Rick Sternbach who said, "I don't have a whole lot to say about the tanker, except that I wanted it to look massive, which the large spherical tanks seem to accomplish. The spew nozzles are there, along with lots of supporting hardware like the carapace/spine, brackets, tubes, and so on. I didn't develop a real style for the shapes and surfaces until the later mega-tanker, which relied heavily, so to speak, on slightly streamlined and repeating parts with a good old retro feel. Think steam and diesel locomotives." wbm Questioned about the Chris Foss influences, Sternbach replied, "Except that mine aren't covered with yellow and black stripes. Also see Foss' Leviathan design for ALIEN. A similar approach on my part; completely unintentional." wbm The model was eventually built as a CGI model at Foundation Imaging by Brandon MacDougall, who commented about the model, "Toxic tanker was a lot of fun to build and texture and as always getting plans from Rick and the art department made the building a snap. Once built the ship was off to "Q" for the final steamer effects of green gas 'not shown in the rendering' back then it was over 1 hr for the gas to render one small frame." wbmBeing one of the more fleetingly-seen ships, McDougall out of courtesy re-rendered his model for Doug Drexler's blog. wbm