The Ship Yard is where players can build ships for their fleets.
A Ship Yard is required to produce ships. You don't need a Ship Yard to create fleets if there are already ships on your planet. At game start, your home planet already contains an Outpost Ship that you can use to colonize another planet.
Only one type of ship can be produced at any one time. Any number of ships can be produced at any one time. Here is the List of Ships you can produce.
Building multiple ships does not add additional time to the default production time for the type of vessel being produced.
Create a fleet
Once some ships are built, or if you already have ships on your planet, you need to create a fleet to use these ships.
Type a fleet name and click on "Create Fleet". Then you see the fleet transfer page.