Just an idea that I thought you might find interesting. I don't know if it is possible. I think it could go well with the traders race if anyone is interested in doing anything with it.
What about making a new version of the ferengi pc controled race that uses three or four varieties of the Orion ships and their specific target is the convoys of the traders. They could disarm the vessels and then tow them off screen.
One more point. If you are using the traders you will have to alter the ai files I guess for any other races otherwise they will not know how to protect the trader ships. I have no idea how to do that.
Hope it goes well though as the idea is great.
Cashmiir The Owl
i've got a killer idea for the most powerful/advanced ship for the traders mod. i'm writing the odf for it now, someone else will have to do the textures and sod and all that though.
i've also got 3 new odf's in the making for some specialized mining\cargo ships.