Mining Barges

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Mining barges are the next step up from the Venture, with much higher mining yields, larger ore bays and/or a stronger tank. Also, in contrast to the Venture, the mining barges can fit strip miners (with much higher yield than normal mining modules) and ice miners. There are three mining barges, each optimized for a different role: The Procurer has a strong tank, the Covetor a high mining yield, and the Retriever a large ore bay.

Procurer

The Procurer is the toughest of the three mining barges, achieving battlecruiser-level EHP even with inexpensive modules. Its ore hold is 70% larger than a Covetor's (but about half the size of a Retriever's) and can fit about 15 minutes' worth of mined ore. The Procurer's base mining yield is the the same as the Retriever's (and about 10-20% lower than a Covetor's), making it an excellent ship for mining in the lower-security (0.6 or 0.5) areas of high security space.

Mining Barge: INFORMATION
Procurer
Outer Ring Excavations
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fittings
2
high slots
highs
0
launcher slots
launchers
0
turret slots
turrets
4
middle slots
mediums
2
low slots
lows
drones & cargo
50 m³
drone capacity
drones
25 Mbit/sec
drone bandwith
b/w
350 m³
cargo capacity
cargo
defense
6,000 HP
shields
shield electromagnetic resistance
0
shield thermal resistance
20
shield kinetic resistance
40
shield explosive resistance
50
 
5,000 HP
armor
Icon resist em.png
60
Icon resist therm.png
35
Icon resist kin.png
25
Icon resist exp.png
10
target & nav
30.00 km
max. targeting range
tgt. range
150 m
ship signature radius
sig. radius
160 m/sec
max. velocity
max. velocity
S H I P   B O N U S E S

Mining Barge bonuses (per skill level):
5% bonus to ship shield hitpoints
2% reduction in Strip Miner and Ice Harvester duration
Role Bonus:
50% bonus to drone damage and hitpoints

The mining barge was designed by ORE to facilitate advancing the mining profession to a whole new level. Each barge was created to excel at a specific function, the Procurer's being durability. With that in mind, the designers could only make space to fit one mining or ice harvesting module. To mitigate the effect this would have on the ship's mining output, they came up with a unique loading system that allows this one module to work at triple efficiency.
Mining barges are equipped with electronic subsystems specifically designed to accommodate Strip Mining and Ice Harvesting modules.

Covetor

The Covetor has the greatest mining yield (about 10-20% more than a Retriever or a Procurer) out of the T1 mining barges, but has the smallest ore hold (it holds only about 5-8 minutes' worth of mined ore) and the least tank. As a result, you need support from another pilot (either flying a hauler or an Orca) to be effective at your role, as you waste the time saved mining by hauling the ore back to a station.

As Covetors are extremely easy to destroy in suicide gank attacks, using this ship without protection (or the possibility of storing it in an Orca's Ship Maintenance Bay when attacked) is not recommended.

Mining Barge: INFORMATION
Covetor
Outer Ring Excavations
SHOW ATTRIBUTES
 
fittings
2
high slots
highs
0
launcher slots
launchers
0
turret slots
turrets
1
middle slots
mediums
3
low slots
lows
drones & cargo
50 m³
drone capacity
drones
50 Mbit/sec
drone bandwith
b/w
350 m³
cargo capacity
cargo
defense
1,700 HP
shields
shield electromagnetic resistance
0
shield thermal resistance
20
shield kinetic resistance
40
shield explosive resistance
50
 
1,300 HP
armor
Icon resist em.png
60
Icon resist therm.png
35
Icon resist kin.png
25
Icon resist exp.png
10
target & nav
35.00 km
max. targeting range
tgt. range
200 m
ship signature radius
sig. radius
100 m/sec
max. velocity
max. velocity
S H I P   B O N U S E S

Mining Barge bonuses (per skill level):
5% bonus to Strip Miner and Ice Harvester range
2% reduction in Strip Miner and Ice Harvester duration
Role Bonus:
25% reduction in Strip Miner and Ice Harvester duration and activation cost

The mining barge was designed by ORE to facilitate advancing the mining profession to a new level. Each barge was created to excel at a specific function, the Covetor's being mining yield. This additional yield comes at a price, as the Covetor has weaker defenses and a smaller ore bay than the other mining barges.
Mining barges are equipped with electronic subsystems specifically designed to accommodate Strip Mining and Ice Harvesting modules.

Retriever

The Retriever has the largest ore hold out of the T1 mining barges (27,500 m3 at Mining Barge V, enough for almost half an hour's worth of mined ore), but has only the same base yield as the Procurer (although the Retriever has more low slots and can therefore fit more Mining Laser Upgrade modules, increasing its yield somewhat). If you are mining without support in higher-security areas (0.7 and above), the Retriever is a good ship to use, as its middling yield (about 10-20% lower than a Covetor) is more than compensated by its vast ore bay, reducing the number of ore drop-off runs that need to be made.

However, its tank, while about 40% stronger than a Covetor's, remains very weak and vulnerable to suicide ganking, therefore it may be worth flying a Procurer if you're worried about losing your ship to suicide gankers (the downside being that you will need to return to a station twice as often to empty your ore hold).

Mining Barge: INFORMATION
Retriever
Outer Ring Excavations
SHOW ATTRIBUTES
 
fittings
2
high slots
highs
0
launcher slots
launchers
0
turret slots
turrets
1
middle slots
mediums
3
low slots
lows
drones & cargo
25 m³
drone capacity
drones
25 Mbit/sec
drone bandwith
b/w
450 m³
cargo capacity
cargo
defense
2,300 HP
shields
shield electromagnetic resistance
0
shield thermal resistance
20
shield kinetic resistance
40
shield explosive resistance
50
 
1,700 HP
armor
Icon resist em.png
60
Icon resist therm.png
35
Icon resist kin.png
25
Icon resist exp.png
10
target & nav
30.00 km
max. targeting range
tgt. range
250 m
ship signature radius
sig. radius
80 m/sec
max. velocity
max. velocity
S H I P   B O N U S E S

Mining Barge bonuses (per skill level):
5% bonus to ship ore hold capacity
2% reduction in Strip Miner and Ice Harvester duration

The mining barge was designed by ORE to facilitate advancing the mining profession to a new level. Each barge was created to excel at a specific function, the Retriever's being storage. Although it only has space to fit two mining or ice harvesting modules, a fast loading system allows those two modules to do the work of three modules.
Mining barges are equipped with electronic subsystems specifically designed to accommodate Strip Mining and Ice Harvesting modules.

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