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Oceanwide staff

Expedition staff

  • Rinie van Meurs
  • Function: Expedition leader
  • Nacionalidad: 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.

After he finished his education in forestry management and nature conservation, Rinie traveled the world to photograph and study wildlife, living for almost a year in the Falklands.

Many of his photographs have been published in magazines and photography books.

Rinie has also written several books about the polar regions, including a coffee table book about areas that are off the beaten track.

  • Philipp Schaudy
  • Function: Expedition leader
  • Nacionalidad: 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.

  • Beau Pruneau
  • Function: (Assistant) Expedition leader and guide
  • Nacionalidad: 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.

  • Ali Liddle
  • Function: (Assistant) Expedition leader and guide
  • Nacionalidad: British
  • Jordi Plana
  • Function: Expedition leader
  • Nacionalidad: Spanish
  • Phil Wickens
  • Function: Expedition leader
  • Nacionalidad: British
  • Arjen Drost
  • Function: (Assistant) Expedition leader and guide
  • Nacionalidad: Dutch
  • Christian Engelke
  • Function: Expedition leader
  • Nacionalidad: German
  • Jan Belgers
  • Function: Expedition leader
  • Nacionalidad: Dutch

Captains

  • Ernesto Barria
  • Function: Captain
  • Nacionalidad: 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
  • Nacionalidad: 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.

  • Mika Erik Appel
  • Function: Captain
  • Nacionalidad: 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.

  • Andrey Zybin
  • Function: Captain
  • Nacionalidad: Russian
  • Alexey Nazarov
  • Function: Captain
  • Nacionalidad: Russian
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  • Arthur Yakovlev
  • Function: Captain
  • Nacionalidad: Russian

Office

Head Office:
Phone: +31 (0)118 410 410
Fax: +31 (0)118 410 417
Correo electrónico: info@oceanwide-expeditions.com
USA & Canada reservations:
Phone: +1 800 453 7245
Fax: +1 (0)281 749 8220
Correo electrónico: usa@oceanwide-expeditions.com
  • Michel van Gessel
  • Function: CEO
  • Nacionalidad: Dutch
  • Troels Jacobsen
  • Function: Product & Sales Manager
  • Nacionalidad: Danish
  • Femke Wolfert
  • Function: Staffing Manager
  • Nacionalidad: Dutch
  • Jamie Scherbeijn
  • Function: Reservations
  • Nacionalidad: Dutch
  • Elza Back
  • Function: Account Assistant
  • Nacionalidad: Dutch
  • Matt Cutts
  • Function: Senior Content Writer
  • Nacionalidad: American
  • Sietse Vonk
  • Function: Ship Operations for Marine Services
  • Nacionalidad: Dutch
  • Florian J. Piper
  • Function: Arctic Program Coordinator
  • Nacionalidad: German
  • Mellany van der Hulst
  • Function: Marketing & Inhouse Design
  • Nacionalidad: Dutch
  • Majanda Fens
  • Function: Reservations Manager
  • Nacionalidad: Dutch
  • Piet Vink
  • Function: Technical Manager for Marine Services
  • Nacionalidad: Dutch
  • Erik Hageman
  • Function: CFO
  • Nacionalidad: Dutch
  • Rowan Keur
  • Function: Reservations
  • Nacionalidad: Dutch
  • Geert Kroes
  • Function: Art Director
  • Nacionalidad: Dutch
  • Gabi Merten
  • Function: Reservations for the German speaking market
  • Nacionalidad: German
  • Ko de Korte
  • Function: Consultant
  • Nacionalidad: Dutch
  • Franklin Braeckman
  • Function: Online Marketing Manager
  • Nacionalidad: Belgian
  • Sebastiaan Schijf
  • Function: Financial Controller
  • Nacionalidad: Dutch
  • Mark van der Hulst
  • Function: COO
  • Nacionalidad: Dutch
  • Nyrée Siereveld-Verstraete
  • Function: Account Assistant
  • Nacionalidad: Dutch
  • Loraine van Huizen
  • Function: Internet Marketeer
  • Nacionalidad: Dutch
  • Grace Vidal
  • Function: Reservations, North-America
  • Nacionalidad: American
  • Natascha Wisse
  • Function: Operations Manager for Marine Services
  • Nacionalidad: Dutch
  • Rima Deeb Granado
  • Function: Director of Sales, North-America
  • Nacionalidad: American
  • Ad van Bokhoven
  • Function: Finance
  • Nacionalidad: Dutch
  • Maria del Pilar Fernandez
  • Function: International Sales Manager
  • Nacionalidad: Chilean
  • Marina Joglar
  • Function: Reservations, North-America
  • Nacionalidad: American
  • Marie Rose Porreca
  • Function: Reservations, North-America
  • Nacionalidad: American