CCP Rise has announced that a new industrial ship known as the bowhead is being added to EVE Online in the upcoming Rhea expasion scheduled for December 9th 2014.
What is the bowhead?
The Bowhead as described by CCP Rise was originally penned towards being the sister ship of the Orca (a group mining ship that assists miners by providing yeild boosts and storage space.), However when CCP got down to looking at the statics behind the Bowhead they believed the ship was more geared towards hauling. CCP has gone ahead and added a new skill called ORE Freighter and is avabile to anyone whom has industrial III and Advacned Spaceship Command IV trained. The ship is geared towards a specific niche (High Sec Mining).
The stats of the bowhead
Ore Freighter Bonus:
5% bonus to max velocity per level
5% bonus to ship maintenance array capacity per level
90% reduction in jump fatigue generation
Slot layout: 0H, 3M, 3L, 3R; 0 turrets, 0 launchers
Fittings: 1350 PWG, 215 CPU
Defense (shields / armor / hull) : 10000 / 11000 / 36500
Capacitor (amount / recharge) : 3900 / 235000
Mobility (max velocity / agility / mass / warp speed): 65 / .065 / 640000000 / 1.37
Drones (bandwidth / bay): 0 / 0
Targeting (max targeting range / Scan Resolution / Max Locked targets): 51.5km / 45 / 3
Capacity (cargo / ship maintenance array): 4000 / 1300000 (goes up to 1.6 something with ore freighter 5)
Sensor strength: 12
Signature radius: 3200
CCP has requested input and feedback on the bowhead ORE Freighter via the forum post.
When will the Bowhead arrive in EVE?
The Bowhead is scheduled for deployment in the Rhea Expasion patch deploying on December 9th 2014.