Overdimensional autoclaves for the aerated concrete production
WR Group transported oversized autoclaves on a multimodal route
Two autoclaves for the production of aerated concrete
Total cargo weight
164,000 kg
Dimensions of one autoclave
18.4 * 3.5 * 3.5m (front) + 21.2 * 3.25 * 3.5m (back)
Germany - Russia, Krasnodar region and Rostov region

In May 2021, WR Group transported two oversized autoclaves, each weighing 82 tonnes, from Germany to Russia for the production of aerated concrete. The WR Group provided the German equipment manufacturer with comprehensive project logistics services. The logistics solution from the WR Group included development of a multimodal route, transportation as well as preparation and obtaining necessary permits.  

Autoclaves and their end user

  An autoclave is a sealed pressure vessel. The equipment is used for industrial processes requiring elevated temperature and pressure in relation to ambient pressure/temperature.   End users of the autoclaves made in Germany are several large aerated concrete plants in the south of Russia. One of the main properties of autoclaved aerated concrete is its good thermal insulation capacity. Therefore, aerated concrete blocks are widely used in both interior and exterior construction, and are in high demand among construction companies.   WR Group has delivered autoclaves for the modernisation of autoclaved aerated concrete plants in the Krasnodar region and the Rostov region.

WR Group’s project task

  The WR Group was commissioned by a German manufacturer to transport the oversized autoclaves from the production site in Germany to the destination in Russia. The logistics specialists of the WR Group developed a multimodal route combining land and sea transport. The autoclaves were transported disassembled and had to be assembled at the place of operation.   Block customs clearance were carried out when importing the autoclaves into Russia. This means that all parts of the load had to arrive for customs examination in the country of destination at the same time. WR Group ensured the precise coordination of the vehicles, the necessary permits for smooth transportation and the on-time delivery of all autoclave components to the customs inspection office.   The company’s specialists needed 1.5 months to organize the autoclave transportation, considering the load weight and volume as well as the task of the simultaneous arrival of vehicles at the customs clearance point.  

Multimodal transportation

  The rear parts of the autoclaves, each 18.4 m long, and the front parts, each 21.2 m long, were transported on low-loaders from the production site to the port of Lübeck. From Lübeck, the cargo was shipped to the port of St. Petersburg, Russia, by cargo ship. In the Russian port, the autoclaves were reloaded onto land transport again and thus delivered to the final destination.   In total, the cargo had crossed 2,350 km by land and almost 1,400 nautical miles. The WR Group has ensured safe and timely delivery of pressure vessels to the end customer.