From Gebroeders Goedkoop in 1807 to Mammoet in 2023 - a Short History of Mammoet – Heavy Lift News
18 Aug 2023

From Gebroeders Goedkoop in 1807 to Mammoet in 2023 – a Short History of Mammoet

When Dutch entrepreneur Jan Goedkoop founded a maritime company at the age of 25, with the purchase of a 140-ton cargo vessel. It was the beginning of the Industrial Revolution, and Goedkoop foresaw that heavy transport would be in high demand.

The company, called ‘Gebroeders Goedkoop’ (‘Goedkoop Brothers’), offered both cargo and passenger transport on water. In 1862 the company acquired its first tugboat, and from 1920 onwards, the company focused on tug and salvage services.

In 1971, the companies Goedkoop and Van Wezel merged to form Mammoet Transport. In 1972 another company was acquired, Stoof Breda, which at that time was one of the Dutch market leaders in engineered heavy lifting and transport.

In 1973 Mammoet Transport became a subsidiary of Koninklijke Nederlandse Stoomboot-Maatschappij (KNSM) in Amsterdam. At the same time, the company name was changed to Mammoet. In 1973 Mammoet Shipping was founded. This enabled Mammoet to reinforce its “factory-to-foundation” concept, which allowed the company to transport large objects, such as vessels and modules, from the factory to their destination site – anywhere in the world – and install them.

In 1983 Mammoet develops a revolutionary container-sized Self-Propelled Modular Transporter (SPMT), now widely used industry-standard equipment.

Shortly after the nuclear power plant explosion in Chernobyl in 1986 a temporary shelter was placed over the remains of the reactor. Immediately plans for a more permanent cover were started with Mammoet playing a major part in the construction and installation of the new arch-shaped safe confinement, the largest land-based movable structure ever built. It would be Mammoet’s task to lift, skid, and install the 36,200t shelter from its construction site to its destination for the next hundred years. Mammoet developed a lifting system and software to control the jacks and skidding system for the two sides and in November 2016, Mammoet skidded the complete arch 330m and over the reactor building.



In 2000 Mammoet was acquired by, and merged with, Van Seumeren Kraanbedrijf, a company that had been founded in 1966. In 2001 Mammoet Mammoet raised the Russian nuclear submarine wreck Kursk, using over 3,000t of tailor-made equipment, this became one of the signature projects of the company. In the same year, it sold its maritime branch Mammoet Shipping to shipping company Spliethoff Group to creäte the heavy lift vessel company BigLift.

SHV Holding, a privately owned Dutch trading company, acquired Mammoet in 2006.

In 2020, Mammoet merged with UK-based engineered heavy lifting company ALE, forming the largest engineered heavy lifting and transport company in the world.


Mammoet has broken several world records in moving a huge 20,300t FPSO into AF Offshore Decom’s decommissioning and recycling facility where it can be dismantled in a controlled, environmentally responsible manner. A record-breaking 748 axle lines of SPMT and 30 power packs have been used – making this project a double world-first for both the largest number of axle lines and the heaviest weight carried by SPMT.


SHV announced their decision in March this year to explore a potential divestment of Mammoet, but after only 108 days another announcement declared that they had been unable to find a better owner and therefore Mammoet would remain in the SHV family of companies.

Today Mammoet is part of SHV, a family-owned company with a strong position in a number of operational areas and selected investment activities and a focus on long-term sustainable growth.


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Mammoet was contracted to assist in the construction of the Dangote Petroleum Refinery and Petrochemical complex in Nigeria, in 2018.






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