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Oceanwide staff

Expedition staff

  • Katja Riedel
  • Function: Expedition leader and guide
  • Nacionalidad: 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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  • Sara Jenner
  • Function: Expedition leader and guide
  • Nacionalidad: British

For as long as Sara can remember, she has had a passion for travel and for finding the wildest and most remote places on Earth.

  • Ali Liddle
  • Function: Expedition leader and guide
  • Nacionalidad: British

Ali Liddle grew up in the north of England where, after leaving school, she qualified as a primary school teacher.

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  • Jan Belgers
  • Function: Expedition leader
  • Nacionalidad: Dutch
  • Birgit Lutz
  • Function: Expedition Leader
  • Nacionalidad: German
  • Florence Kuyper
  • Function: Expedition leader and guide
  • Nacionalidad: Dutch
  • Philipp Schaudy
  • Function: Expedition leader
  • Nacionalidad: Austrian
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  • Adam Turner
  • Function: Expedition leader and guide
  • Nacionalidad: British
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  • Martin Berg
  • Function: Expedition leader and guide
  • Nacionalidad: Swedish
  • Beau Pruneau
  • Function: Expedition leader
  • Nacionalidad: Canadian
  • Christian Engelke
  • Function: Expedition leader
  • Nacionalidad: German
  • Laurence Dyke
  • Function: Expedition leader and guide
  • Nacionalidad: British
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  • Mariela Cornejo
  • Function: Expedition leader and guide
  • Nacionalidad: Argentinian
  • Rinie van Meurs
  • Function: Expedition leader
  • Nacionalidad: Dutch

Activity staff

  • Paul Donovan
  • Function: Kayak Leader & Advisor
  • Nacionalidad: British

Paul was born and brought up in the valleys of South Wales.

He began kayaking and climbing at the age of 14, thanks to opportunities in school.

By the age of 19, Paul was managing and delivering an outdoor program for Sport Wales, which was the catalyst for carving out a career in adventure activities.

Paul studied sports science at the Cardiff Institute of Higher Education before taking up a lecturing post to train future adventure activity instructors.

As a teacher, lecturer, and outdoor activity coach, Paul has over 35 years of experience working with public, private, and voluntary organizations.

He provides rewarding opportunities for personal and social development in the UK and throughout the world.

Paul’s expertise as a paddler and mountaineer has enabled him to explore many of the rivers, seas, and mountains of the seven continents.

He also runs his own business for outdoor activity coaching, technical consulting, trekking, mountaineering, and kayaking. In addition,

Paul has been a freelance inspector for the Adventurous Activities Licensing Service (AALS).

Currently he is a freelance inspector for Adventuremark and Learning Outside the Classroom, a quality assurance officer and internal verifier for Canoe Wales, project manager for AdventureSmart.UK, and chair of the Wales Adventure Tourism Organisation (WATO) and the Outdoor Alliance in Wales.

  • Henrik Enckell
  • Function: Dive Team Leader & Advisor
  • Nacionalidad: Swedish

Henrik is an experienced dive leader, rebreather instructor trainer, and one of the first dive masters to bring tourists diving in Antarctica.

  • Michael Green
  • Function: Dive Team Leader and Advisor
  • Nacionalidad: British

Michael began diving in 1980, training with the Royal Navy in Portsmouth Harbour.

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.

  • 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

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.

  • Yury Marin
  • Function: Captain
  • Nacionalidad: Russian
  • Evgeny Levakov
  • Function: Captain
  • Nacionalidad: Russian
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  • Remmert Koster
  • Function: Captain
  • Nacionalidad: Dutch

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