Deep Traders or Long Traders have either larger J-3 or faster jump engines (also known as Fast Traders), or have less powerful J-2 jump engines with fuel for multiple jumps. They are specialized to hit hard to reach markets.
- The Supraclass designation is also known as Ship Mission, Ship Mission Code, Mission, or Ship Hull Designation.
- It is a starship supraclass.
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The Long Trader or Deep Trader is another, rarer, variant of a free trader. Built for areas of low stellar density, deep traders are either jump-3 capable (a.k.a. "Fast Traders"), or are jump-2 capable with extended fuel range for multiple jumps. The Craft Type Code assigned to this class is A3 (or occasionally in the latter case, A22). Since these ships are generally custom-built or produced in low quantities, no standard example exists.
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Spectrum of Civil Shipping in Charted Space
|Spectrum of Civil Shipping in Charted Space: 1105|
|Synopsis||Tramp||Liner||Freighter||Transport & Tanker|
|Hull Tonnage||100 to 2,499 dTons||100 to 2,499 dTons||2,500 to 999,999 dTons||2,500 to 999,999 dTons or more... |
(...rarely more than 1,000,000) dTons
|Size-Cat||ACS||ACS||BCS & FCS||BCS & FCS (rarely WCS)|
|Ideal Freight Volume||Zero to Low (Hundreds of tons)||Medium (Hundreds to Thousands of tons)||High (Thousands to Tens of Thousands of tons)||Very High (Tens to Hundreds of Thousands of tons)|
|Market||Unscheduled low volume, high speculation trade routes||Mostly scheduled, medium speculation, subsidized trade routes||Scheduled medium and high-volume, low speculation trade routes||Scheduled high volume trade routes with massive economies of scale, or massive (...usually government) projects|
|Rough Market Share||10%||25%||45%||20%|
|Area of Influence||Cluster or Trace+||Subsector+||Sector||Multi-Sector|
|Business||Fledgling Line||Subsector-wide Line & Interface Line||Sector-wide Line||Multi-sector Line|
|Remarks||Merchant Princes & Adventurers||Scheduled & Subsidized Trade||Backbone of Merchant Trade||Corporate Bulk Trade|
|NOTES: While standards exist, ship naming standards evolve with time and over tech epochs. Class naming comments are only generalizations and many exceptions exist. Trade is heavily affected by local regulations, the rule of law, and local security conditions. WCS-class vessels are not ordinarily used for merchant missions as they are too large and expensive.|
Strategy & Tactics (Doctrine)
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Deep Traders typically serve the following roles:
|A3-class Tramp Supraclass Archetypes|
|Tramp Vessel||(A) (Namesake)|
|Deep Trader Supraclass Archetypes|
|Deep Trader / Long Trader||A3||Fat Cat class Far Trader||(J-3+): They are typically a ranged trader with a J-3 or greater drive for extended operations.|
Some well-equipped high-G traders employed beyond the Imperial border are called fast traders. The type A2 far trader derives its name from its jump capability: its drives are capable of Jump-2, twice what the standard free trader can do. The far trader can be encountered anywhere in the Imperium. It ranges far and wide, and deals with every world it finds. Even amber zones and red zones are not considered off limits by its captains, provided there is profit to be made and the risk of being caught is slight. 
Long Traders or Deep Traders are usually optimized for J-2 FTL travel, with fuel-tankage for multiple jumps. Those that are classed as Fast Traders are typically optimized for single-jump J-3 to J-4 FTL travel. Clippers and many kinds of Jumpliners are also optimized for high FTL trade and profit keeping.
Selected Variant Types & Classes
- Type A3 class Fast Trader
Ship Summary List
|5 Representative Deep Trader (A3) Classes|
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