Loose Module (S)

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Cargo Docks.png
Loose Module (S)
T1
Loose Module (S).png
Cargo Depot module for transferring loose materials (such as Bauxite). It can be built in any empty slot of a Cargo Depot.
Construction
Construction Parts II.png
40
WorkersWorker.png 3
ElectricityElectricity.png 30 KW
MaintenanceMaintenance I.png 2.0 / 60 Clock.png
Footprint10x5
Cargo Sulfur
or Quartz
or Uranium Ore
Storage180
Required ResearchCargo Depot
DesignationCargo Docks Cargo Docks.png
VariantsLoose Module (M)
Loose Module (L)

The Loose Module (S) is a small-capacity storage for loose products which automatically unloads Cargo Ships. It features storage for 180 units and two output connections for U-shape Conveyors (or their variants).

The throughput of unloading the compartment of a Cargo Ship with this module is 90 / 60 Clock.png. This rate is 1.5 times of the throughput the U-shape Conveyor. It should be noted that ship transit and docking also take time:

  • 180 Clock.png (3.0 months) for round trip if "Reduce ship speed & save fuel" is disabled
  • 360 Clock.png (6.0 months) for round trip if "Reduce ship speed & save fuel" is enabled
("Reduce ship speed & save fuel" is a setting in Cargo Depot)
  • 10 Clock.png (5 days) for docking and undocking

The summarized information is shown in the below table.

Throughput of cargo modules (version 0.4.11)
Module Time (Clock.png) Throughput (/ 60 Clock.png)
Unloading Over total cycle Unloading Over total cycle
Standard Save Fuel Standard Save Fuel
Fluid Module (S) 240 430 610 110.0 61.4 43.3
Fluid Module (M) 120 310 490 220.0 85.2 53.9
Fluid Module (L) 60 250 430 440.0 105.6 61.4
Loose Module (S) 240 430 610 90.0 50.2 35.4
Loose Module (M) 120 310 490 180.0 69.7 44.1
Loose Module (L) 60 250 430 360.0 86.4 50.2
Unit Module (S)
Unit Module (M)
Unit Module (L)
Same as Loose Modules


Resource selection

After construction, Cargo Dock modules require the desired cargo to be set in the module's UI window. The player may choose from Sulfur, Quartz, or Uranium Ore if they have discovered and repaired the Sulfur Mine, Quartz Mine, or Uranium Mine outposts respectively.

The cargo selection of adjacent modules, and even the types of modules themselves, can be mixed-and-matched as desired. It should be noted that modules which share a Cargo Dock are frequently built in identical pairs for ease of Cargo Ship management. As a Cargo Ship will wait idle for several months before venturing back out if not fully unloaded, mixing of module types can result in a situation where the ship waits for extended periods for the less-utilized cargo type to be empty before departing, causing reduced throughput or shortages of the more-utilized cargo type.

Module throughput vs resource extraction

Given the averaged download speed of a small Cargo Module is 32.1 units /60s and the following outpost extraction rates we can calculate that...

  • Sulfur Mine at 9 units /60s per shift:
    • One small Cargo Dock module can continuously outpace production from a 1-shift outpost producing (at 28.0% duty cycle)
    • One small Cargo Dock module can continuously outpace production from a 2-shift outpost producing (at 56.1% duty cycle)
    • One small Cargo Dock module can continuously outpace production from a 3-shift outpost producing (at 84.1% duty cycle)
  • Quartz Mine at 15 units /60s per shift:
    • One small Cargo Dock module can continuously outpace production from a 1-shift outpost producing (at 46.7% duty cycle)
    • One small Cargo Dock module can continuously outpace production from a 2-shift outpost producing (at 93.5% duty cycle)
    • Two small Cargo Dock modules can continuously outpace production from a 3-shift outpost producing (at 70.2% duty cycle)
  • Uranium Mine at 18 units /60s per shift:
    • One small Cargo Dock module can continuously outpace production from a 1-shift outpost producing (at 56.1% duty cycle)
    • Two small Cargo Dock module can continuously outpace production from a 2-shift outpost producing (at 56.1% duty cycle)
    • Two small Cargo Dock modules can continuously outpace production from a 3-shift outpost producing (at 84.1% duty cycle)

See also