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

  • Katja Riedel
  • Function: Expedition leader
  • Nationalität: German

Katja grew up in Germany, where she completed her Ph.D. in Atmospheric Chemistry.

For her research, she spent the winter of 1997 at the German Antarctic Base Neumayer, where she was responsible for the Atmospheric Observatory.

Since then she has been on several scientific expeditions to Antarctica, measuring ozone at Scott Base, drilling ice cores at Law Dome, and taking samples of 120,000-year-old ice on Taylor Glacier in the Dry Valleys.

Katja worked for more than 12 years as a research scientist in Wellington, New Zealand, where her research interests were greenhouse gases in the atmosphere and in ice cores.

Since 2011 she has worked as a guide and lecturer on expedition cruises in the Arctic and Antarctica.

The polar regions have always fascinated Katja.

She has skied over 220 km (140 miles) through Svalbard, sailed in a small yacht to Antarctica, kayaked various polar waters, and worked as a science assistant in West Greenland.

Her fondest memories of Antarctica are building a 24-hour sundial and sledging from Hut Point to the Erebus Ice Tongue. Most recently, she skated 250 km (155 miles) across Lake Baikal in Siberia.

Life is an adventure for Katja. Whenever she can, she travels, hikes, cycles, sea kayaks, and skis to Earth’s remote and beautiful places.

When she is not traveling, she lives in New Zealand and works as a freelance guide, science communicator, and photographer.

Katja speaks fluent English and German.

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  • Philipp Schaudy
  • Function: Expedition leader
  • Nationalität: Austrian

Philipp Schaudy holds a Master’s Degree in Physical Geography and has studied in Austria, Iceland, and Svalbard. A restless traveler, adventurer, and alpinist, he’s always loved the outdoors.

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

Since Adam was young, he dreamed of working in the Antarctic like his uncle, who had worked there in the late 1980s.

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  • Christian Engelke
  • Function: Expedition leader
  • Nationalität: German
  • Sara Jenner
  • Function: Expedition leader
  • Nationalität: British
  • Rinie van Meurs
  • Function: Expedition leader
  • Nationalität: Dutch
  • Ali Liddle
  • Function: Expedition leader
  • Nationalität: British
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  • Pippa Low
  • Function: Expedition leader
  • Nationalität: British
  • Florence Kuyper
  • Function: Expedition leader
  • Nationalität: Dutch
  • Martin Berg
  • Function: Expedition leader
  • Nationalität: Swedish
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  • Beau Pruneau
  • Function: Expedition leader
  • Nationalität: Canadian
  • Jan Belgers
  • 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

  • Arthur Yakovlev
  • Function: Captain
  • Nationalität: Russian

Arthur Yakovlev was born in Petrozavodsk, the capital and largest city of the Republic of Karelia, in northwestern Russia.

At the age of 15, he started training at the Maritime College in Petrozavodsk, where he graduated in 1999. At 18 he began his career as a seaman on a dry cargo vessel.

One year later, he was promoted as third officer on the same type of vessel, and later as second officer, working on various cargo vessels until 2007.

That same year, Arthur began work as a second officer on the passenger vessel Marina Cvetaeva, now Ortelius. As of 2008 he has worked for Oceanwide Expeditions, and in 2019 became a captain on Plancius.

Arthur never dreamed that most of his career would be spent in the polar waters, but he considers this his destiny and would not have it any other way.

He is married and has a son, and during vacation he enjoys spending most of his time with his family, while also traveling and enjoying nature.

  • 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.

  • 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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  • Ernesto Barria
  • Function: Captain
  • Nationalität: Chilean
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  • Remmert Koster
  • Function: Captain
  • Nationalität: Dutch
  • Alexander Schmidt
  • Function: Captain
  • Nationalität: German
  • Toni Salo
  • Function: Captain
  • Nationalität: Finnish

Office

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