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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.

  • Birgit Lutz
  • Function: Expedition Leader
  • Nacionalidad: German

Birgit loves being out and away – that is why her life has changed from award-winning writer to Arctic-addicted adventurer.

  • Sarah Gerats
  • Function: Expedition guide
  • Nacionalidad: Dutch

Sarah Gerats grew up in Belgium but lost her heart to the Arctic at an early age, first experiencing it as an exchange student at the Academy of Arts in Iceland.

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

Captains

  • Evgeny Levakov
  • Function: Captain
  • Nacionalidad: 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.

His family had no relationship with the sea, but when his third grade teacher asked him what he wanted to be when he grew up, Evgeny’s answer was clear: “A sailor.”

The teacher replied that this profession did not exist in their area, but young Evgeny was unconvinced. After his mandatory time in the army, he enrolled in Murmansk’s Highest Engineering Marine School to start his naval career.

Evgeny went to sea after graduating, starting in 1984 as third officer on a fleet of fishing vessels in the city of Murmansk. During that time he sailed the waters of Antarctica, South Georgia, the Southern Orkneys, and Elephant Island.

From 1994 to 2000 he worked as chief officer on m/v Professor Molchanov for expedition cruise companies like Quark, Aurora, and Oceanwide. He was promoted to captain soon after.

In the fall of 2010, Evgeny started on m/v Plancius. His main navigational areas are the Arctic and Antarctica, including the Ross Sea and Dumont d’Urville Sea. He’s also sailed the islands of Papua New Guinea and the Amazon River between Belem and Iquitos.

Evgeny has been married since 1978 and considers this the best decision he’s ever made. He has two sons and is the proud grandfather of four grandchildren.

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  • Remmert Koster
  • Function: Captain
  • Nacionalidad: Dutch

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

  • 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.

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  • Alexander Schmidt
  • Function: Captain
  • Nacionalidad: German
  • Yury Marin
  • 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
  • Franklin Braeckman
  • Function: Marketing & Sales Manager
  • Nacionalidad: Belgian
  • Piet Vink
  • Function: Senior Technical Manager for Marine Services
  • Nacionalidad: Dutch
  • Ad van Bokhoven
  • Function: Finance
  • Nacionalidad: Dutch
  • Florian J. Piper
  • Function: Arctic Program Coordinator
  • Nacionalidad: German
  • Gabi Merten
  • Function: Reservations for the German speaking market
  • Nacionalidad: German
  • Ingrid van de Loo
  • Function: Food & Beverage Manager for Marine Services
  • Nacionalidad: Dutch
  • Rima Deeb Granado
  • Function: Director of Sales, North-America
  • Nacionalidad: American
  • Toto Vermue
  • Function: Reservations
  • Nacionalidad: Dutch
  • Femke Wolfert
  • Function: Staffing Manager
  • Nacionalidad: Dutch
  • Andreas Diesing
  • Function: Key Account Manager for the German speaking countries
  • Nacionalidad: German
  • Marina Joglar
  • Function: Reservations, North-America
  • Nacionalidad: American
  • Mark van der Hulst
  • Function: COO
  • Nacionalidad: Dutch
  • Loraine van Huizen
  • Function: Internet Marketeer
  • Nacionalidad: Dutch
  • Mellany van der Hulst
  • Function: Marketing & Inhouse Design
  • Nacionalidad: Dutch
  • Natascha Wisse
  • Function: Operations Manager for Marine Services
  • Nacionalidad: Dutch
  • Iris van Zalinge
  • Function: HR & Staffing
  • Nacionalidad: Dutch
  • Matt Cutts
  • Function: Senior Content Writer
  • Nacionalidad: American
  • Geert Kroes
  • Function: Art Director
  • Nacionalidad: Dutch
  • Majanda Fens
  • Function: Reservations Manager
  • Nacionalidad: Dutch
  • Nyrée Siereveld-Verstraete
  • Function: Account Assistant
  • Nacionalidad: Dutch
  • Sebastiaan Schijf
  • Function: Financial Controller
  • Nacionalidad: Dutch
  • Michel van Gessel
  • Function: CEO
  • Nacionalidad: Dutch
  • Rowan Keur
  • Function: Reservations
  • Nacionalidad: Dutch
  • Grace Vidal
  • Function: Reservations, North-America
  • Nacionalidad: American
  • Marie Rose Porreca
  • Function: Reservations, North-America
  • Nacionalidad: American
  • Adam Turner
  • Function: Field Operations Manager
  • Nacionalidad: British
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  • Dorita de Bruijn
  • Function: HR Manager
  • Nacionalidad: Dutch
  • Maria del Pilar Fernandez
  • Function: International Sales Manager
  • Nacionalidad: Chilean
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  • Elza Back
  • Function: Account Assistant
  • Nacionalidad: Dutch
  • Wim Stander
  • Function: Technical Manager for Marine Services
  • Nacionalidad: Dutch
  • Ko de Korte
  • Function: Consultant
  • Nacionalidad: Dutch
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  • Erik Hageman
  • Function: CFO
  • Nacionalidad: Dutch
  • Sietse Vonk
  • Function: Ship Operations for Marine Services
  • Nacionalidad: Dutch