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Assumption: starship fuel is cheaper than cargo jet JP-4 fuel.
That is, selling price at destination MINUS purchase price at origin must be 0,000 or more.
With creative maintenance, the service life might be longer than 30 years, see below.
Question: how many cargos can a merchant starship carry in 1 year?
That is, assuming a full cargo turnover at each port of call, how many one-way runs can the ship make? From departure planet orbit to FTL flight to arrival planet orbit. Assumption: each trip requires one month for servicing, maintenance, selling the cargo, buying new cargo for the next run.
This makes each trip four months from departure to departure, or three cargos per year.The leader of the thalassocrats is of course called the thalassiarch.