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Imperial Merchant Ship
One of several official Imperial ship classifications or designations. Imperial Merchant Ship is a privately owned merchant and trader registered in the Imperium. An IMS may be independent or registered under an umbrella or owning company.
Most ships in the imperium are IMS vessels and range from small tramp freighters to luxury liners and giant ore haulers.
IMS is distinct from trading/cargo vessels in Imperial service which use the disignation “”/wikis/imms" class=“wiki-page-link”> IMMS" (Imperial Merchant Marine Ship). There is often friction between the captains and crews of IMS and IMMS ships; the IMMS consider themselves a cut above the backstreet traders and smugglers of smaller merchant vessels.