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Oceanwide staff

Expedition staff

  • 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.

Doing the bulk of his travel by bicycle, Philipp has visited more than 80 countries and set foot on all seven continents. He earns a living in his homeland of Austria by giving talks about his long trips and expeditions.

Philipp first visited Svalbard in 1998, and from 2004 to 2006 he and his wife lived in Longyearbyen. There they experienced not only the midnight sun, but also the magic of the polar night.

It was during these years that Philipp started working as a tour guide. In the cold months he led snowmobile trips into the Svalbard wilderness, and during the summers he led guests on glacier hiking trips.

Since 2005 Philipp has worked for Oceanwide Expeditions as a guide, lecturer, and expedition leader, taking voyages to some of the wildest places on Earth. 

He considers himself a victim of the polar virus and can attest that it’s highly contagious. 

  • 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.

  • Jan Belgers
  • Function: Expedition leader
  • Nacionalidad: Dutch

Jan Belgers was born in the Netherlands and currently lives in Rotterdam. He has been working as a professional outdoor guide and expedition leader for many years.

  • Beau Pruneau
  • Function: (Assistant) Expedition leader and guide
  • Nacionalidad: Canadian
  • Arjen Drost
  • Function: (Assistant) Expedition leader and guide
  • Nacionalidad: Dutch
  • Ali Liddle
  • Function: (Assistant) Expedition leader and guide
  • Nacionalidad: British
  • Phil Wickens
  • Function: Expedition leader
  • Nacionalidad: British
  • Tobias Brehm
  • Function: Expedition Leader
  • Nacionalidad: German
  • Rinie van Meurs
  • Function: Expedition leader
  • Nacionalidad: Dutch
  • Birgit Lutz
  • Function: Expedition Leader
  • Nacionalidad: German
  • Jordi Plana
  • Function: Expedition leader
  • Nacionalidad: Spanish
  • Christian Engelke
  • Function: Expedition leader
  • Nacionalidad: German

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.

  • 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

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

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