Class B Starport
Every system has a port classification grade (A to E, and X) to the starport available in the system. This grade assigned to the port encompasses the services available in the port. A Class B Starport is a good quality installation which includes all the expected amenities including refined fuel for starships, brokerage services for passengers and cargo, and a variety of ship provisions. There is a shipyard capable of doing annual maintenance, overhauls and most kinds of repair, and construction of non-starships. Most ports of this classification have both a Highport and a Downport.
It is also known as a Class IV Starport.
The number, and in some cases the quality, of the facilities and services depends on the size of the port. For medium or larger ports, all of these services will be available, for small or tiny ports, the facilities will be available but on a best-case availability.
- Traffic Control
Traffic control around class B ports is active, having communications out into the advisory zone, covering most of the system. There is a communications and navigation system which covers most of the system. Ships should expect communications regarding course plots soon after jump emergence.
- Ship Services
There are extensive ship service facilities, including multiple covered docking facilities. There will be refined fuel available for ships, produced by ship performing gas giant skimming, ice asteroid mining, or using the world's oceans as source of raw fuel.
There are warehouse facilities for cargo of all types, including hazardous or special handling materials. The port crews are trained to manage these materials safely. There are brokerage services available to manage buying and selling speculative cargo. The customs department will manage the paperwork for getting cargo into and out of the port.
There are shipyard facilities capable of handling starships and performing most repairs or upgrades required. The shipyard is also used to construct new small ships and shuttles.
- Passenger services
For passengers there will be a concourse with shops, restaurants, and other hospitality services available. There will be hotels within the port for passengers still in transit. The port connects to local transportation grid for travel to and from the port. There are regular shuttle services from highport to downport. All but the smallest ports have Travellers' Aid Society offices with full services.
- Emergency services
The port itself contains a crash, fire, and rescue (CFR) services capable of covering the whole port. There is a trained search and rescue (SAR) service with ships capable of covering the inhabited worlds in the system. The port itself contains a hospital staffed with trained medical people.