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Oceanwide staff

Expedition staff

  • Marcel Paul
  • Function: Expedition leader
  • Nacionalidad: Dutch

Marcel has been a passionate traveler since his teens and has led hiking groups in Austria, Switzerland, England, Wales, and Scotland. His travels have brought him to over 65 countries on all seven continents.

Due to his interest in ice, cartography, exploration, history, and photography, the polar regions have always fascinated him. Starting with his first trip to Svalbard in 2011, he felt connected with the area’s nature and remoteness. It was then that he first became interested in being a polar expedition guide.

Marcel joined the SEES expedition to Edgeøya in 2015, participating in various research there. In 2016 he worked as a field assistant at Ny Ålesund, and since 2017 he has been working as a polar guide in the Arctic. He began guiding in Antarctica the following year.

Spending half the year as an Oceanwide guide, Marcel devotes the rest of his year to traveling with his wife and their dog. He lives in the Netherlands and Slovakia.

  • 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.

  • Adam Turner
  • Function: Expedition leader
  • Nacionalidad: British

Since Adam was young, he dreamed of working in the Antarctic like his uncle, who had worked there in the late 1980s.

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  • Florence Kuyper
  • Function: Expedition leader
  • Nacionalidad: Dutch
  • Pippa Low
  • Function: Expedition leader
  • Nacionalidad: British
  • Claudio Ghiglione
  • Function: Expedition leader
  • Nacionalidad: Italian
  • Philipp Schaudy
  • Function: Expedition leader
  • Nacionalidad: Austrian
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  • Christian Engelke
  • Function: Expedition leader
  • Nacionalidad: German
  • Sara Jenner
  • Function: Expedition leader
  • Nacionalidad: British
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  • Rinie van Meurs
  • Function: Expedition leader
  • Nacionalidad: Dutch
  • Hans Verdaat
  • Function: Expedition leader
  • Nacionalidad: Dutch
  • Eduardo Rubio
  • Function: Expedition leader
  • Nacionalidad: Guatemalan
  • Ali Liddle
  • Function: Expedition leader
  • Nacionalidad: British
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Activity staff

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

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

After leaving the Navy, he continued to dive mainly around the UK, diving wrecks and always looking for a new story.

He is qualified as a dive instructor with BSAC and PADI and is certified to operate Drager Dolphin and Buddy Inspiration rebreathers.

Michael has worked for Oceanwide Expeditions for five years and enjoys giving divers a safe and exploratory experience in the polar regions.

Michael’s biggest tip for polar divers is to slow down, look around, and enjoy the environment.

He looks forward to enjoying it with you.

  • 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.

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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  • Joachim Schiel
  • Function: Captain
  • Nacionalidad: German

Born near the German city of Cologne, Joachim Schiel grew up some distance from the coast. His first contact with vessels came from the yearly sailing trips he made with a youth group on the Baltic.

  • 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.

  • Toni Salo
  • Function: Captain
  • Nacionalidad: Finnish
  • Arthur Yakovlev
  • Function: Captain
  • Nacionalidad: Russian
  • Ernesto Barria
  • Function: Captain
  • Nacionalidad: Chilean
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Office

Head Office:
Fax: +31 (0)118 410 417
Correo electrónico: info@oceanwide-expeditions.com
USA & Canada reservations:
Fax: +1 (0)281 749 8220
Correo electrónico: usa@oceanwide-expeditions.com
  • Majanda Fens
  • Function: Reservations Manager
  • Nacionalidad: Dutch
  • Florian J. Piper
  • Function: Director Sales | Arctic program
  • Nacionalidad: German
  • Loraine van Huizen
  • Function: Online Marketeer
  • Nacionalidad: Dutch
  • Andreas Diesing
  • Function: Key Account Manager for the German speaking countries
  • Nacionalidad: German
  • Sebastiaan Schijf
  • Function: Financial Controller
  • Nacionalidad: Dutch
  • Grace Vidal
  • Function: Reservations, North-America
  • Nacionalidad: American
  • Femke Wolfert
  • Function: Staffing Manager
  • Nacionalidad: Dutch
  • Iris van Zalinge
  • Function: Sales Accountmanager
  • Nacionalidad: Dutch
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  • Michel van Gessel
  • Function: Director
  • Nacionalidad: Dutch
  • Gabi Merten
  • Function: Reservations for the German speaking market
  • Nacionalidad: German
  • Matt Cutts
  • Function: Content Writer
  • Nacionalidad: American
  • Marina Joglar
  • Function: Reservations, North-America
  • Nacionalidad: American
  • Jeroen Blanken
  • Function: Hotel Operations Manager
  • Nacionalidad: Dutch
  • Franklin Braeckman
  • Function: Antarctic Program Manager
  • Nacionalidad: Belgian
  • Karin Toornstra
  • Function: Reservations
  • Nacionalidad: Dutch
  • Dorine van Boekhout
  • Function: Reservations
  • Nacionalidad: Dutch
  • Piet Vink
  • Function: Managing Director
  • Nacionalidad: Dutch
  • Maria del Pilar Fernandez
  • Function: International Sales Manager
  • Nacionalidad: Chilean
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  • Stefan Pruimboom
  • Function: Staffing and Operations Advisor
  • Nacionalidad: Dutch
  • Alexandra den Dikken
  • Function: Senior Graphic Designer
  • Nacionalidad: Dutch
  • Danique van Burken
  • Function: Senior Marketing Manager
  • Nacionalidad: Dutch
  • Nyrée Siereveld-Verstraete
  • Function: Account Assistant
  • Nacionalidad: Dutch
  • Ko de Korte
  • Function: Consultant
  • Nacionalidad: Dutch
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  • Erik Hageman
  • Function: CFO
  • Nacionalidad: Dutch
  • Adam Turner
  • Function: CXO - Head of Expedition Operations
  • Nacionalidad: British
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  • Elza Back
  • Function: Account Assistant
  • Nacionalidad: Dutch
  • Teun van ‘t Verlaat
  • Function: Technical Superintendent
  • Nacionalidad: Dutch
  • Toto Vermue
  • Function: Sales Accountmanager
  • Nacionalidad: Dutch
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  • Marie Rose Porreca
  • Function: Reservations, North-America
  • Nacionalidad: American
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