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A tanker (or tank ship or tankship) is a merchant vessel designed to transport or store liquids or gases in bulk. Major types of tankship include the oil tanker, the chemical tanker, and gas carrier. Tankers also carry commodities such as vegetable oils, molasses and wine. Tankers can range in size of capacity from several hundred tons, which includes vessels for servicing small harbours and coastal settlements, to several hundred thousand tons, for long-range haulage. ===MSP Challenge===
Tanker Intensity is a month-by-month, computer generated data layer showing a 'heat map' of tanker shipping. The shipping simulation considers both international tanker shipping in and out of the entire North Sea region, as well as short sea shipping within the North Sea region.
The shipping simulation follows this logic:
- Month by month, tanker, cargo, passenger and ferry ships want to go from specific ports to specific ports, within as well as in and out of the North Sea region.
- These ships find a safe yet short route for their travels. Ideally they move in a straight line. To ensure the route is safe, they will opt for deeper waters and designated shipping lanes applicable to their type.
- More ships following the same route means a higher intensity of ships that month, and thus redder lines on the intensity 'heat map' layers.
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