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

  • Florence Kuyper
  • Function: Expedition leader
  • Nationalität: Dutch

Florence is a world traveler with a passion for the polar regions, remote nature, deserts, history, and nomadic peoples.

After receiving her Master’s Degree in Educational and Organizational Psychology in the Netherlands, she worked as a consultant-manager in social affairs.

In 2004 Florence went to the big white desert of Antarctica for the first time, and her passion for this continent has drawn her back ever since.

But she also enjoys the heat, having crossed 1,200 km (745 miles) of harsh Mongolian desert on foot with an expedition team and one Bactrian camel.

Florence has lived at the historical British base of Port Lockroy on the Antarctic Peninsula, where she served as a base leader, and also works on sailing yachts in the Arctic and Antarctica.

She has been an expedition guide and leader in both polar regions since 2012, and she looks forward to sharing her knowledge and unlimited passion for the polar regions with you.

  • Rinie van Meurs
  • Function: Expedition leader
  • Nationalität: Dutch

Rinie van Meurs has been an expedition leader since 1989, leading hundreds of expeditions all over the polar regions. The Arctic island of Spitsbergen, the largest in the Svalbard archipelago, is as familiar to him as his own back yard.

  • Beau Pruneau
  • Function: Expedition leader
  • Nationalität: Canadian

Beau Pruneau grew up in a log house in the northern Ontario wilderness. He appreciated the great outdoors from an early age, learning wilderness survival, navigation, tracking, and camping.

  • Philipp Schaudy
  • Function: Expedition leader
  • Nationalität: Austrian
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  • Adam Turner
  • Function: Expedition leader
  • Nationalität: British
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  • Ali Liddle
  • Function: Expedition leader
  • Nationalität: British
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  • Pippa Low
  • Function: Expedition leader
  • Nationalität: British
  • Katja Riedel
  • Function: Expedition leader
  • Nationalität: German
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  • Sara Jenner
  • Function: Expedition leader
  • Nationalität: British
  • Jan Belgers
  • Function: Expedition leader
  • Nationalität: Dutch
  • Martin Berg
  • Function: Expedition leader
  • Nationalität: Swedish
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  • Christian Engelke
  • Function: Expedition leader
  • Nationalität: German

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

  • Ernesto Barria
  • Function: Captain
  • Nationalität: Chilean

Ernesto Barria was born in Santiago, Chile, into a family with strong bonds to the sea: His father, grandfather, and several uncles all share a love of the ocean.

A beach guard by the age of 16, Ernesto’s favorite sport when he was young was swimming. When he finished high school, he moved to Puerto Montt, one of the most important ports in Chile. There he started his studies to become a merchant marine officer.

By his graduation in 1991, he’d already begun to sail on different vessels around Puerto Montt.

Ernesto became first officer of Antarctic Dream in 2005, beginning by navigating in Antarctica and later the Arctic. In 2011 he obtained the rank of captain, and in 2015 he was chosen as the best officer of the Chilean merchant navy.

Ernesto became a captain for Oceanwide Expeditions on Ortelius in 2013.

When he’s not working, Ernesto loves to travel around Chile with his family. He enjoys scuba diving, swimming, cycling, and photography, which has become his favorite hobby.

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  • Alexander Schmidt
  • Function: Captain
  • Nationalität: German

Ali was born in Germany, where he studied geography but eventually decided to turn his passion for sailing into a profession. He pursued nautical studies in the Netherlands, specializing in traditional sailing ships as well as tall ships.

  • Remmert Koster
  • Function: Captain
  • Nationalität: Dutch

Remmert Koster was born in the Netherlands, and from a young age he was convinced he would become a captain.

  • Evgeny Levakov
  • Function: Captain
  • Nationalität: Russian
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  • Arthur Yakovlev
  • Function: Captain
  • Nationalität: Russian
  • Mika Erik Appel
  • Function: Captain
  • Nationalität: Finnish
  • Toni Salo
  • Function: Captain
  • Nationalität: Finnish

Office

Head Office:
Fax: +31 (0)118 410 417
USA & Canada reservations:
Fax: +1 (0)281 749 8220
  • Piet Vink
  • Function: Senior Technical Manager
  • Nationalität: Dutch
  • Femke Wolfert
  • Function: Staffing Manager
  • Nationalität: Dutch
  • Majanda Fens
  • Function: Reservations Manager
  • Nationalität: Dutch
  • Ingrid van de Loo
  • Function: Food & Beverage Manager
  • Nationalität: Dutch
  • Gabi Merten
  • Function: Reservations for the German speaking market
  • Nationalität: German
  • Teun van ‘t Verlaat
  • Function: Technical Superintendent
  • Nationalität: Dutch
  • Elza Back
  • Function: Account Assistant
  • Nationalität: Dutch
  • Matt Cutts
  • Function: Senior Content Writer
  • Nationalität: American
  • Marie Rose Porreca
  • Function: Reservations, North-America
  • Nationalität: American
  • Maria del Pilar Fernandez
  • Function: International Sales Manager
  • Nationalität: Chilean
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  • Michel van Gessel
  • Function: CEO
  • Nationalität: Dutch
  • Florian J. Piper
  • Function: Director Sales | Arctic program
  • Nationalität: German
  • Geert Kroes
  • Function: Art Director
  • Nationalität: Dutch
  • Mark van der Hulst
  • Function: COO
  • Nationalität: Dutch
  • Sietse Vonk
  • Function: Purchase & logistic Manager
  • Nationalität: Dutch
  • Dorine van Boekhout
  • Function: Reservations
  • 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
  • Grace Vidal
  • Function: Reservations, North-America
  • Nationalität: American
  • Loraine van Huizen
  • Function: Internet Marketeer
  • Nationalität: Dutch
  • Sebastiaan Schijf
  • Function: Financial Controller
  • Nationalität: Dutch
  • Mellany van der Hulst
  • Function: Marketing & Inhouse Design
  • Nationalität: Dutch
  • Nyrée Siereveld-Verstraete
  • Function: Account Assistant
  • Nationalität: Dutch
  • Iris van Zalinge
  • Function: Staffing and Operations Support Manager
  • Nationalität: Dutch
  • Erik Hageman
  • Function: CFO
  • Nationalität: Dutch
  • Marina Joglar
  • Function: Reservations, North-America
  • Nationalität: American
  • Franklin Braeckman
  • Function: Marketing & Sales Manager
  • Nationalität: Belgian
  • Toto van der Horst-Vermue
  • Function: Reservations
  • Nationalität: Dutch
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