Unserer Mitarbeiter

Oceanwide staff

Die freundlichen und hilfsbereiten Mitarbeiter unserer Verkaufs- und Reservierungsabteilung stehen Ihnen zur Verfügung. Sie beantworten Ihnen alle relevanten Fragen zu Ihrer Reise, dem Reiseziel und den Oceanwide Expeditions-Schiffen. Sie alle waren auf einer oder mehreren Expeditionsreisen in der Arktis und Antarktis und haben die wunderbaren Polarregionen kennengelernt. Bereits seit Jahren arbeiten sie mit großer Begesiterung für Oceanwide Expeditions.

Expedition staff

  • Adam Turner
  • Function: Expedition leader
  • Nationalität: British

Adam was brought up in the countryside of Essex, England. He began sailing at the age of nine and by 12 was already working on the local river.

By the age of 16, he had a small fishing boat and was working on boatyards, taking tourists to see local seal colonies and helping out on the local lifeboat.

Adam later joined the British Armed Forces and was posted in Northern Ireland and elsewhere in the UK. He also served in Kenya as a boat operator. In 2002 Adam joined the police and spent several years on a specialist unit working across the UK with his search dog, Charley.

Since Adam was young, he dreamed of working in the Antarctic like his uncle, who had worked there in the late 1980s. In 2014 Adam left the police to work as a boating officer for the British Antarctic Survey at King Edward Point, South Georgia, where he spent just over a year.

Adam studied at Middlesex University and often gives lectures on history. In 2017 he was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society while working as a guide and consultant.

In 2020 Adam began working fulltime for Oceanwide Expeditions as their field operations manager. He holds a commercial masters certificate and instructs in several marine disciplines. Adam enjoys diving, climbing, kayaking, and other outdoor activities.

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  • Jan Belgers
  • Function: Expedition leader
  • Nationalität: Dutch

Jan Belgers was born in the Netherlands and currently lives in Rotterdam. He has been working as a professional outdoor guide and expedition leader for many years.

  • Christian Engelke
  • Function: Expedition leader
  • Nationalität: German

Since his first vacation to Norway in 1996, Christian Engelke has suffered from “Scandinavia fever.” Since then he has been exploring Norway, Sweden, and Greenland by foot, skis, and kayak.

  • Philipp Schaudy
  • Function: Expedition leader
  • Nationalität: Austrian
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  • Beau Pruneau
  • Function: Expedition leader
  • Nationalität: Canadian
  • Katja Riedel
  • Function: Expedition leader
  • Nationalität: German
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  • Ali Liddle
  • Function: Expedition leader
  • Nationalität: British
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  • Florence Kuyper
  • Function: Expedition leader
  • Nationalität: Dutch
  • Martin Berg
  • Function: Expedition leader
  • Nationalität: Swedish
  • Sara Jenner
  • Function: Expedition leader
  • Nationalität: British
  • Rinie van Meurs
  • Function: Expedition leader
  • Nationalität: Dutch

Activity staff

  • Michael Green
  • Function: Dive Team Leader and Advisor
  • Nationalität: British

Michael began diving in 1980, training with the Royal Navy in Portsmouth Harbour.

After leaving the Navy, he continued to dive mainly around the UK, diving wrecks and always looking for a new story.

He is qualified as a dive instructor with BSAC and PADI and is certified to operate Drager Dolphin and Buddy Inspiration rebreathers.

Michael has worked for Oceanwide Expeditions for five years and enjoys giving divers a safe and exploratory experience in the polar regions.

Michael’s biggest tip for polar divers is to slow down, look around, and enjoy the environment.

He looks forward to enjoying it with you.

  • Henrik Enckell
  • Function: Dive Team Leader & Advisor
  • Nationalität: Swedish

Henrik is an experienced dive leader, rebreather instructor trainer, and one of the first dive masters to bring tourists diving in Antarctica.

Captains

  • Mika Erik Appel
  • Function: Captain
  • Nationalität: Finnish

Mika Erik Appel was born and raised in the town of Vaasa, Finland, where cold weather and ice was just part of daily life.

A master mariner, he holds a Bachelor of Marine Transportation degree from Aboa Mare Maritime Academy. He began his captaining career by tug towing and pushing barges in the North Sea and Baltic, later moving on to passenger vessels.

During his years in the Baltic, he gained young-ice navigation expertise. Arctic and Antarctic waters are both familiar to him, and he is an expert in multi-year ice navigation.

Prior to captaining expedition vessels, Mika spent five years as a nautical instructor and training manager in Subic Bay, Philippines. There he became an accredited IMO trainer and assessor.

Mika draws on more than 25 years of experience in passenger vessels and cruise ships, now focusing mainly on polar expedition work. His area of specialization is remote, ice-laden waters.

  • Toni Salo
  • Function: Captain
  • Nationalität: Finnish

Born and raised in Turku, Finland, Toni grew up in a city with ancient seagoing traditions. He has loved sailing since he was a child, when he regularly went out with his grandfather to experience life on the high seas.

  • Evgeny Levakov
  • Function: Captain
  • Nationalität: Russian

Evgeny Levakov was born in a small village not far from Nerekhta, an ancient Russian town in the Kostroma region. The closest water to his village was a 15,000 square-meter pond.

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  • Arthur Yakovlev
  • Function: Captain
  • Nationalität: Russian
  • Ernesto Barria
  • Function: Captain
  • Nationalität: Chilean
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  • Remmert Koster
  • Function: Captain
  • Nationalität: Dutch
  • Alexander Schmidt
  • Function: Captain
  • Nationalität: German

Office

Head Office:
Phone: +31 (0)118 410 410
Fax: +31 (0)118 410 417
Email: info@oceanwide-expeditions.com
USA & Canada reservations:
Phone: +1 800 453 7245
Fax: +1 (0)281 749 8220
Email: usa@oceanwide-expeditions.com
  • Sebastiaan Schijf
  • Function: Financial Controller
  • Nationalität: Dutch
  • Florian J. Piper
  • Function: Arctic Program Coordinator
  • Nationalität: German
  • Toto Vermue
  • Function: Reservations
  • Nationalität: Dutch
  • Grace Vidal
  • Function: Reservations, North-America
  • Nationalität: American
  • Ingrid van de Loo
  • Function: Food & Beverage Manager
  • Nationalität: Dutch
  • Piet Vink
  • Function: Senior Technical Manager
  • Nationalität: Dutch
  • Michel van Gessel
  • Function: CEO
  • Nationalität: Dutch
  • Majanda Fens
  • Function: Reservations Manager
  • Nationalität: Dutch
  • Sietse Vonk
  • Function: Ship Operations
  • Nationalität: Dutch
  • Geert Kroes
  • Function: Art Director
  • Nationalität: Dutch
  • Gabi Merten
  • Function: Reservations for the German speaking market
  • Nationalität: German
  • Teun van ‘t Verlaat
  • Function: Technical Manager
  • Nationalität: Dutch
  • Rowan Keur
  • Function: Reservations
  • Nationalität: Dutch
  • Erik Hageman
  • Function: CFO
  • Nationalität: Dutch
  • Matt Cutts
  • Function: Senior Content Writer
  • Nationalität: American
  • Marie Rose Porreca
  • Function: Reservations, North-America
  • Nationalität: American
  • Femke Wolfert
  • Function: Staffing Manager
  • Nationalität: Dutch
  • Marina Joglar
  • Function: Reservations, North-America
  • Nationalität: American
  • Elza Back
  • Function: Account Assistant
  • Nationalität: Dutch
  • Nyrée Siereveld-Verstraete
  • Function: Account Assistant
  • Nationalität: Dutch
  • Mellany van der Hulst
  • Function: Marketing & Inhouse Design
  • Nationalität: Dutch
  • Mark van der Hulst
  • Function: COO
  • Nationalität: Dutch
  • Iris van Zalinge
  • Function: HR & Staffing
  • Nationalität: Dutch
  • Maria del Pilar Fernandez
  • Function: International Sales Manager
  • Nationalität: Chilean
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  • Loraine van Huizen
  • Function: Internet Marketeer
  • Nationalität: Dutch
  • Adam Turner
  • Function: Field Operations Manager
  • Nationalität: British
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  • Ko de Korte
  • Function: Consultant
  • Nationalität: Dutch
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  • Andreas Diesing
  • Function: Key Account Manager for the German speaking countries
  • Nationalität: German
  • Franklin Braeckman
  • Function: Marketing & Sales Manager
  • Nationalität: Belgian
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