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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.

  • Christian Engelke
  • Function: Expedition leader
  • Nacionalidad: 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.

  • Jordi Plana
  • Function: Expedition leader
  • Nacionalidad: Spanish

Born in Spain, Jordi Plana studied marine science in the Canary Islands before completing a master’s degree in the same field at the University of Magallanes.

  • Arjen Drost
  • Function: (Assistant) Expedition leader and guide
  • Nacionalidad: Dutch
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  • Birgit Lutz
  • Function: Expedition Leader
  • Nacionalidad: German
  • Phil Wickens
  • Function: Expedition leader
  • Nacionalidad: British
  • Jan Belgers
  • Function: Expedition leader
  • Nacionalidad: Dutch
  • Philipp Schaudy
  • Function: Expedition leader
  • Nacionalidad: Austrian
  • Ali Liddle
  • Function: (Assistant) Expedition leader and guide
  • Nacionalidad: British
  • Beau Pruneau
  • Function: (Assistant) Expedition leader and guide
  • Nacionalidad: Canadian
  • Sarah Gerats
  • Function: Expedition guide
  • Nacionalidad: Dutch

Captains

  • Arthur Yakovlev
  • Function: Captain
  • Nacionalidad: 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.

  • 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.

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