Building docks
Manual Tutorials

Basic tutorial:

Setting up a bus service
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Setting up a plane service

Advanced railway tutorial:

Two Platforms
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Railway construction:
Building tracks
Building stations
Building depots
Placing signals
Buying & selling trains
Converting railways
Road construction:
Building roads
Building stations and loading bays
Building depots
Buying & selling road vehicles
Waterways construction:
Building docks
Building depots
Placing buoys
Buying & selling ships
Building locks and canals
Airport construction:
Building airports
Buying & selling aircraft
General construction:
Building bridges
Working with vehicles:
Setting vehicle orders
Refitting vehicles
Replacing vehicles
Grouping vehicles

In this tutorial you can learn how to build docks for ships to load and unload and how to pick a suitable location for a dock. Ships can for instance be used to haul Oil from an Oil Rig to an Oil Refinery. Once you get the hang of building ship routes, you can use ships for other things as well.


The oil refinery where we'll be constructing a dock.

Finding a suitable location

First, you'll need to find an oil rig and an oil refinery to which you want to bring the oil from the rig. The good thing about oil rigs is that they have a built-in dock so you don't need to construct one there. The only dock you need is at the oil refinery. Refineries are only found near the coast.

Found an oil refinery close to the waterside? Good.

Building a dock

1. Open the Waterways construction toolbar by clicking the /File/en/Manual/Manual html m2cc0c4cd.png button.

The Waterways construction toolbar

2. Click on the Build ship dock button /File/en/Manual/Build dock.png. A Dock building window will appear. Remember, you can right click on any button if you ever want a description of what it does.

3. Move the mouse along the edge of the water: the dock needs to be placed on a sloped tile that is connected to a water tile.

4. Keep an eye on the Dock building window and make sure that Oil is displayed after Accepts before building the dock.

5. If the cursor displayes two white squares and oil is accepted at the location you picked, just click with the left mouse button to place the dock (possibly you'll have to terraform a bit first in order to create a suitable location).

After some terraforming, we've found a suitable location for our dock. Note the acceptance of Oil in the Waterways construction window.

Our newly constructed dock.

And that's all there is to building a dock! In order to buy a ship to transport the oil, you'll have to construct a ship depot first.

Next: Building a ship depot »