Red plate shipyard was one of leading shipyards in Andromeda system. They were originally third party shuttle manufacturer aimed at civilians.
Although almost exclusively shuttle manufacturer, the company had capacity to manufacture bigger things and released “Akabasa” freighter line in year 9333.
Akabasa class freighter was cheap and required virtually no maintenance. Reason being for no maintenance was that the ship was very low tech. It was so low tech that the pilot had to climb a long ladder to reach its bridge. However, it was not much of an issue as all major docking stations operated on gravity level of zero. Few simple taps upwards and a pilot would easily reach the bridge with ease.
The ship was basically a big barrel on sideways with a control (bridge) attached to it. It had a very weak iron thruster as its main engine which made it an excruciatingly slow vessel. However, as stated, it was inexpensive and required virtually no maintenance which made this ship a popular choice for small time traders.
This ship was also used as a mobile home by some.
Red plate shipyard later released the ship’s blueprint as a royalty free item which exploded its popularity.