The starter ship is a civilian-grade light fighter, though a freighter is available for purchase. However, considering the game design and how you kinda get locked from most content until you get through missions, which are relatively close to one another, freighters aren't that attractive, which is probably something I'll have to tinker with as well.I haven't played the game for a long time. Was it possible to have some cargo at the beginning of the story? If so a Tarsus would be indeed a better starting ship.
Progress-wise, I've got a 80 MB working package now that converts almost everything for the Liberty Act, if anyone is interested.