It housed advanced technology such enabling point-to-point transport. It didn't require a fixed piece of technology to transport people onto and off the ship. However, the technology required accurate positioning information which came from transponders. If those were knocked off-line, the teleportation system could not be used.
The Kimera was also relatively stealthy. Captain Buzan was of the opinion that "nothing can track the Kimera".
Plot branch : The Kimeran Pirates unsubtly raid a Confederate installation.