From then to now
It all started in 1807...
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.
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.
SHV Holding, a privately owned Dutch trading company, acquires 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.
Paul van Gelder
Chief Executive Officer
Paul started his career in 1988 in the Royal Netherlands Navy. From 2004, he worked in the leadership of several companies active in the Oil & Gas industry, including BP, Nederlandse Gasunie and technical service provider Imtech. In 2016, Paul joined SHV, becoming a member of the board of Eriks. As of September 2017, he joined Mammoet’s Executive Board.
Chief Operating Officer
Jan joined Mammoet in 1997 as Manager Operations and Logistics. In 2000 he was appointed Director of Operations & Engineering for the European region. In 2001 he played a leading role in the technical team that successfully raised the Russian nuclear submarine The Kursk that had sunk in the Barents Sea after an explosion. From 2006 – 2011 Jan Kleijn was Managing Director of Mammoet USA, after which he became Chief Executive Officer of Mammoet Holding.
Chief Financial Officer
Tim started his career as a strategy consultant at Booz Allen Hamilton, where he served a variety of customers in the heavy (equipment) industry and the financial services sector. Tim joined Mammoet Holding in 2014 and transferred to our Houston-based operations as Finance Director for the Americas region. After serving as Director Internal Audit at SHV, Tim re-joined Mammoet as CFO in 2021.
SHV’s most important values are integrity and trust. Integrity means being honest, genuine, and totally open in communications about all matters which concern the company. SHV trusts its people to put their best effort into working for the company, its progress, and achieving success within their capabilities and in line with the SHV values.
The corporate philosophy outlines the shared values, ensuring every employee, customer and supplier know what SHV stands for.