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Movement: NPC Cargo Transport

NPC Cargo Transport is the use of Ship and Vehicle squadrons which meet certain conditions to move Raw Materials without requiring a character to be physically controlling the squadron leader. Cargo Squadrons are created at certain Facilities and Stations which function as Cargo Bases. The Cargo Base must be linked to one or more Cargo Sources which can provide Raw Materials. The Cargo Base has a Cargo Manifest which specifies how much of each Raw Material should be retrieved for storage onboard.

NPC Cargo Transport operates as a "Pull" type logistics system. The Base acts as a Raw Material "vacuum", sending out squadrons of transports to bring materials back to the base. All activity is initiated at the Base, and all tags are applied to the Base. The Sources are linked to the base, and the ships must start at the Base. The Raw Materials must be in a Source to be moved.

Each character can only control a limited number of transport squadron slot points, as determined by the equation below. Only ships or vehicles that are considered Transports (see below) count against the total slot points. Escorts can be added for free, up to the maximum of 12 points in a single squadron.

Equations

Total Available Points = 30 + ( (Space Command + Diplomacy + Management) * 6)

Example

Mace has 0 in Space Command, 1 in Diplomacy, and 3 in Management. Therefore, he can control 30 + ((0 + 1 + 3) * 6) points worth of transport points, for a total of 54.

Mace starts his first Cargo Squadron using a pair of BFF-1 Bulk Freighters, each of which take up 6 points, for a total of 12 points used. He has 42 points remaining.

Mace starts his second Cargo Squadron with a Goji-DF Turtle Tanker (2 Points) and a CR-92 Battle Corvette (10 Points). Only the Goji Tanker counts against his total, as the Corvette is not a transport vessel. The squadron uses 2 points, for a total of 14 points used between both squadrons. He has 40 points remaining.

NPC Cargo Transport incurs a cost for each travel between a hub and a source, or vice versa. This cost is based on the type of Destination, the number of hours it takes to travel between the Base and the Source, and the value of both hauler and cargo. The Berthing Fees are determined by the Destination (the Base or a Source), and its economic factors. Larger facilities and stations have higher fees. The Haulage Fees are determined by the value of both the Transport vessels and the cargo within. Longer travel times have higher fees.

The combined Berthing and Haulage fees are then modified based on the number of concurrent active squadrons controlled by the player.

Equations

where:

  • B: Berthing Fees at the Destination (Base or Source)
  • M: RMP of the Destination.
  • T: Tax Level of the Destination's planet or system, or 0 in Deep Space.
  • C: Civilization level of the Destination's planet or system, or 0 in Deep Space.

where:

  • I: Haulage Fees
  • H: Hours of travel between the Base and the Source.
  • F: Assessed value (2x RMP) of all freight-hauling transports in the squadron.
  • L: Assessed value (2x RMP) of all loaded cargo.

where:

  • O: Concurrent Cost Modifier
  • P: Number of Cargo Squadron Points in use.

Total Cost = (Berthing Fees + Haulage Fees) * Concurrent Cost Modifier

The table below gives example cost modifiers for common "Points in use" values.

Point In Use Cost Modifier
12100%
24100%
36100%
48100%
60100%
72108%
84147%
96192%
108243%
120300%
Note

The fee is assessed once each at the beginning of both the outbound and inbound legs of travel. It is NOT charged for each travel segment of the leg.

The value of H, travel time, does not include Travel Planner delays or Cargo Transfer delays, and is NOT rounded to an integer.

Cargo Bases can have one or more tags assigned via inventory. Each tag can have a fitout created which stores one or more Raw Material types, a desired quantity, and a priority. A higher priority indicates that the material is more important and will be requested before a lower priority material.

Note

Each fitout entry is limited to a maximum quantity of 20,000,000 m3 and a maximum priority of 100.

Tip

Tags should be applied to the Cargo Base, not the Cargo Source!

Cargo Bases will aggregate fitouts from each tag to create an overall Manifest for the base, up to a maximum of 5 tags. When the same material is present in multiple tags with different priorities, a weighted average priority will be created. The Base Manifest is limited to 12 entries. If more than that number of materials are present in the aggregates tags, the lowest priority materials will not be included in the manifest. The Manage Cargo Manifest page accessible on a Cargo Base will show how much of each manifest entry has already been fulfilled.

If no tags are assigned, a default manifest will be created which prioritizes the most common construction and production materials, ordered by cost of transport.

Note

The Cargo Manifest does not care about the ownership of Raw Material piles, for the purposes of determining fulfillment. All piles of a particular type are counted, regardless of who owns them, when determining how much more of a material is required.

When a Cargo Squadron is created, it will look at the manifest for the Base, and select the highest priority manifest that:

  • Is not already being serviced by another squadron
  • Is not completely fulfilled
  • Has a Cargo Source with available material
  • Is reachable, based upon the travel capabilities of the Squadron leader

A Cargo Squadron will only service one Manifest entry at a time. Additionally, each Manifest entry will only be serviced by one Cargo Squadron at a time. This may occasionally result in inefficient travel if there is only a small amount of required material remaining.

Only facility and station types listed below can act as Cargo Bases and manage Cargo Squadrons. Each base can be linked to multiple Cargo Sources, from which the Cargo Squadrons will pull Raw Materials. Bases are limited to a maximum of 25 linked Cargo Sources. Any valid Source in the same system can be linked to the Base. The Base and Source do not need to be on the same planet.

Important

The Base must have a Commander assigned, and the Commander must be either the character controlling the Cargo Squadrons, or the faction to which the character belongs. If the Commander is the character's faction, they must have the Launch Cargo Squadrons privilege.

All fees for NPC Cargo Transport are paid by the Commander.

Facilities

Bacta Refinement Facility

Bacta Refinement Facility
(1 Squadron)
Factory

Factory
(1 Squadron)
Hangar

Hangar
(1 Squadron)
Lab

Lab
(1 Squadron)
Landing Pad

Landing Pad
(1 Squadron)
Naval Shipyard

Naval Shipyard
(1 Squadron)
Starport

Starport
(3 Squadrons)
Warehouse

Warehouse
(1 Squadron)

Stations

Centrepoint Station
Centrepoint Station
(4 Squadrons)
Depot Station I
Depot Station I
(2 Squadrons)
Depot Station II
Depot Station II
(3 Squadrons)
Depot Station III
Depot Station III
(4 Squadrons)
Depot Station IV
Depot Station IV
(5 Squadrons)
Medical Factory Station
Medical Factory Station
(1 Squadron)
Merchant Space Dock
Merchant Space Dock
(2 Squadrons)
Shipyard I
Shipyard I
(1 Squadron)
Shipyard II
Shipyard II
(1 Squadron)
Shipyard III
Shipyard III
(2 Squadrons)
Shipyard IV
Shipyard IV
(2 Squadrons)
Trading I
Trading I
(2 Squadrons)
Trading II
Trading II
(4 Squadrons)
X7 Factory Station
X7 Factory Station
(1 Squadron)

The facility and station types listed below can act as Cargo Sources.

Facilities

Alazhi Farm

Alazhi Farm
Bacta Refinement Facility

Bacta Refinement Facility
Dry Dock

Dry Dock
Factory

Factory
Hangar

Hangar
Lab

Lab
Landing Pad

Landing Pad
Mine

Mine
Naval Shipyard

Naval Shipyard
Recycling Plant

Recycling Plant
Silo

Silo
Starport

Starport
Warehouse

Warehouse

Stations

Centrepoint Station
Centrepoint Station
Depot Station I
Depot Station I
Depot Station II
Depot Station II
Depot Station III
Depot Station III
Depot Station IV
Depot Station IV
Medical Factory Station
Medical Factory Station
Merchant Space Dock
Merchant Space Dock
R&D I
R&D I
R&D II
R&D II
R&D III
R&D III
R&D IV
R&D IV
Recycling I
Recycling I
Recycling II
Recycling II
Recycling III
Recycling III
Recycling IV
Recycling IV
Shipyard I
Shipyard I
Shipyard II
Shipyard II
Shipyard III
Shipyard III
Shipyard IV
Shipyard IV
Trading I
Trading I
Trading II
Trading II
X7 Factory Station
X7 Factory Station

To be considered as a Cargo Source, the following conditions must be met:

  • The entity must be powered.
  • The entity must not be in a hidden city.
  • The entity must not be under construction.
  • The entity must not be a wreck.
  • The entity must not be disabled.
  • The controller must have access (owner, commander, pilot, or 'Assign' privilege).

NPC Cargo Transport squadrons must contain at least one of the entity types listed below. Other members of the squadron can be any entity type that is able to be squadded. This gives flexibility when creating squadrons, allowing the controller to maximize cargo capacity or add escorts.

Ships

AA-9 Coruscant Freighter
AA-9 Coruscant Freighter
Action VI Transport
Action VI Transport
BFF-1 Bulk Freighter
BFF-1 Bulk Freighter
Brayl-class Bulk Freighter
Brayl-class Bulk Freighter
Class VI Bulk Freighter
Class VI Bulk Freighter
CR-20 Troop Carrier
CR-20 Troop Carrier
CSS-1 Corellian Star Shuttle
CSS-1 Corellian Star Shuttle
Empress-class Super Freighter
Empress-class Super Freighter
Goji-DF Turtle Tanker
Goji-DF Turtle Tanker
GR-75 Medium Transport
GR-75 Medium Transport
Hardcell-class Transport
Hardcell-class Transport
HCT-2001 Dragonboat-class Freighter
HCT-2001 Dragonboat-class Freighter
KRS-1 Ore Hauler
KRS-1 Ore Hauler
Mammoth-class Heavy Hauler
Mammoth-class Heavy Hauler
Mobquet Medium Transport
Mobquet Medium Transport
Modular Conveyor
Modular Conveyor
Space Master Medium Transport
Space Master Medium Transport
Spacecrawler
Spacecrawler
W-23 Star Hauler
W-23 Star Hauler
Xanadu-class Superyacht
Xanadu-class Superyacht
Xiytiar-class Transport
Xiytiar-class Transport
Y-8 Mining Vessel
Y-8 Mining Vessel

Vehicles

Bantha II Cargo Skiff
Bantha II Cargo Skiff
Coral Vanda
Coral Vanda
Eclipse Sail Barge
Eclipse Sail Barge
Eddicus-class Planetary Shuttle
Eddicus-class Planetary Shuttle
Heavy Cargo Mk II
Heavy Cargo Mk II
Heavy Transport Barge
Heavy Transport Barge
Hover Transport TC9
Hover Transport TC9
Juggernaut
Juggernaut
JX40 Jailspeeder
JX40 Jailspeeder
Luxury Sail Barge
Luxury Sail Barge
Sandcrawler
Sandcrawler
Seltiss-2 Caravel
Seltiss-2 Caravel
Wind Rider
Wind Rider
Windrunner-class Air Barge
Windrunner-class Air Barge

All characters can control Squadrons consisting of ships or vehicles they own. Characters in a Faction and possessing the correct privileges can control Squadrons consisting of Faction-owned ships or vehicles.

Important

Cargo Squadrons will only transport Raw Materials that share an owner with the Squadron leader.

Each entity assigned to a squadron must meet all of the following conditions before Cargo Transport can occur:

  • The entity must be undocked and located at the same position as the Base.
  • The entity must not have any passengers (Character, NPCs, Droids, or Creatures).
  • The entity must not have any docked ships, vehicles, or stations.
  • The entity must not contain any undeployed items.
  • The entity must not be disabled.

Cargo Squadrons travel using the Travel Planner system (see Movement rules). A short but skippable delay occurs between each segment of the travel. The controller of the Cargo Squadron can order the delay skipped from the Active Cargo Squadrons page.

Cargo Squadrons use the appropriate piloting skill of the controller, modified by the controller's Space Command skill. See Garrisons for more details.

Loading or unloading cargo takes time. The base time for transferring cargo to or from a Vehicle is 30 minutes. The base time for transferring cargo to or from a Ship is 180 minutes. The Cargo Loading Time delay cannot be skipped.

The base time is then modified based on the number of concurrent active squadrons controlled by the player. Note that the modifier can be less than 1.0, so transfer times are faster than the base time when a player is controlling a small number of squadrons.

Equations

where:

  • E: Concurrent Time Modifier
  • P: Number of Cargo Squadron Points in use.

The table below gives example transfer times for common "Points in use" values.

Point In Use Vehicle Transfer Ship Transfer
1215 minutes90 minutes
2415 minutes90 minutes
3622 minutes130 minutes
4838 minutes230 minutes
6060 minutes360 minutes
7286 minutes518 minutes
84118 minutes706 minutes
96154 minutes922 minutes
108194 minutes1166 minutes
120240 minutes1440 minutes

Cargo Squadrons will loiter at the base if they cannot find a valid Cargo Type to transport or a valid source for the chosen Cargo Type. A Loiter fee is paid at the beginning of the Loiter period to keep the Cargo Squadron on retainer. The controller will receive an event each time a Loiter period begins.

The Loiter period is 24 hours.

Important

Cargo Squadrons will loiter indefinitely. You will be charged the Loiter Fee each time the squadron begins a new Loiter period.

The controller must manually Disband the squadron to stop future Loiter periods and avoid paying the Loiter fee continuously!

Equations

where:

  • R: Loiter Fees
  • H: Hours of time spent loitering.
  • F: Assessed value (2x RMP) of all freight-hauling transports in the squadron.
  • L: Assessed value (2x RMP) of all loaded cargo.

where:

  • O: Concurrent Cost Modifier
  • P: Number of Cargo Squadron Points in use.

Total Cost = Loiter Fees * Concurrent Cost Modifier

Cargo Squadrons can be manually ordered to Return To Base at any time. Doing so will disband the squadron once it reaches the Cargo Base.

Cargo Squadrons can also be manually ordered to Disband Immediately. This will halt all ongoing activity, including travel or cargo transfer, and immediately disband the squadron. The squadron will NOT automatically return to base if this option is used.

Note

A Cargo Squadron which is commanded to Return to Base or Disband Immediately while Loitering at the base will NOT refund any portion of the Loiter Fees