I am getting closer now - i suspect that once Hakodate reaches size 7 (its max) and my naval support x 240 arrives (another week) I will be ok.
As of now, my convoys basically run like this:
Palembang > Osaka (2 convoys)
Palembang > Tokyo (2 convoys)
Palembang > Kobe
Miri > Tokyo
Miri > Yokohama
Brunei > Tokyo (2 convoys)
Balipikipan > Osaka (2 convoys)
Balipikipan > Hiroshima
Boela > Manilla > Tokyo
The other small 'B' east indies island > Manilla to Tokyo
Tarakan > Hiroshima
Shikuka > Ominamata
Kyushu (forgot port name) > Fukoke
My Fuel Convoys:
Palembang > Manilla (2 convoys)
Palembang > Truk (2 convoys)
Palembang > Tokyo (2 convoys)
Balipikipan > Baldepolab
Balipikipan > Tokyo
Soerbaja > all small DEI islands
Truk > (all small islands, about 2k fuel per month per island with troops on it)
Truk > Rabaul (2 convoys)
Tokyo > Truk (2 convoys)
Tokyo > Ryuku islands
Rabaul > (all small spots in the Solomons and southern New Guinea - maybe 2k / month or two)
Tokyo is the hub for fuel shipments to all islands within about a 1000 mile radius (just 'inside' the Marianas chain). Truk is the hub for shipments in the mid pacific. Rabaul for the south Pacific. Palembang and Soerbaja for the DEI.
Convoy ship selection based on speed and range. There are 10-12 knot convoys, 13-15 knot convoys, and 16 knots and up convoys.
Shikuka > Honshu (6 convoys in total, about 150k tons, going to bases Nigata, Sendai, Tokyo, Ominamoto, and Yokohama). Ive currently got Shikuku up to level 7 port, and have 48 naval support there. Sorted by speed (range not an issue).
Kyushu > Honshu - dont remember the port name in Kyushu or Honshu, but they are like 2 hexes apart. I run one 10k convoy here, with no protection (i think besides the hokaido honshu runs, this is my only convoy larger than about 8k that I run un-escorted).
Hokkaido > Honshu (8 convoys (maybe 160k tonnage) going from Hokadata and Sapporo to Ominamoto, Nigata, Tokyo, Sendai, and Yokohoma). This is a bottleneck for me - Hokadata maxes I believe at level 7; Ive got tons of naval support there, but it is still taking too long to load up my convoys. Will eventually redirect several to Shikuku once it hits level 8).
Port Arthur > Honshu (10 convoys, about 200k tonnage) - most go to the port on the northwest tip of Honshu (forget the name, but its a size 9/10 port), Kobe, Hiroshima, and Osaka. Sorted by Speed (range not an issue).
Korea > Honshu (3 convoys, maybe 15k tons, mostly smaller ships with about 1000-1500 tons capacity. most originate from Fusan, but there is a mid-island port as well that seems to always have about 30k in resources in stock).
Hong Kong > Tokyo (2 convoy, 140k). These convoys run supplies from Tokyo, and bring resources on the return trip. They are loaded manually, as there is no way to automate this. I wish there was!! Thank the developers for the ability to name the convoys - wouldnt be able to do this without that.
Manilla > Tokyo (4 convoys, with some tankers onboard). I run mixed fuel/resource convoys from Manilla to Tokyo. Manilla is my dumping ground for all short haulers that dont have the legs to reach honshu from the DEI. My haul out of Manilla is roughly 80k of resources/fuel, split among 4 convoys.
The remaining tonnage is used for manual convoys. I often run supply drops to Shanghai from Osaka, and pick up resources going the other way. I run the occassional pickup from places like Davao, or Saigon, but not much tonnage.
My AP's are all dedicated to troop movements for now - Ive got enough sealift for about 2 divisions. Most of my AK-T's are on cargo duty, but I try to use them near the home islands, so i can quickly pkup troops in an emergency. Ditto for Soerbaja, which, along with Singapore, are my 2 'bastions' in the DEI. The cargo moving around there consists of at least 2 brigades worth of sealift capacity, so I can move troops out in a hurry if necessary.
Wont list these. Suffice to say, all remaining ships are on cargo supply duty. Tokyo supplies all spots out to the Marianas, and makes dedicated runs to Truk (mixed with fuel); Truk supplies mid Pac. Rabaul supplies SouthPac. Manilla supplies the PI. Balipikipan uses its excess capactiy for Java and the Sumatran islands.
I am in the process of moving many shipping engineer regiments and construction units back to my key undeveloped ports, to speed up their build up rate (Palembang, Shikuka, Hakodate, Balipikipan, Miri, Boela, Rabaul, etc). I would like to see them maxed out before the end of 1942 if possible. Ive got something like 140 engineers working some of the spots, and it goes pretty quickly with those numbers.
Early on, I converted about 10 or 15 Amc's and some lame 170ton cargo ships to PB's. While these ships are pretty lame, and slow, they are perfectly fine for escorting a 10 to 14 knot convoy. They are totally useless for the 18 knot convoys, so those require an 'E' or a DD.
Hope this list helps someone!
< Message edited by jackyo123 -- 2/8/2010 5:04:34 PM >