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Oceanwide staff

Onze vriendelijke en behulpzame collega's zijn u graag van dienst. Ze kunnen alle relevante vragen over onze reizen, de bestemmingen en de schepen van Oceanwide Expeditions beantwoorden. Ze werken allemaal reeds vele jaren met veel enthousiasme voor Oceanwide Expeditions en hebben ook allemaal één of meerdere expeditie reizen naar het Noordpoolgebied en Antarctica meegemaakt, waardoor ze de poolgebieden uit eerste hand kennen. 

Expedition staff

  • Phil Wickens
  • Function: Expedition leader
  • Nationaliteit: British

Phil Wickens studied biology at Imperial College in London. After completing his PhD in plant pathology, he worked as a field guide for the British Antarctic Survey.

In that role, Phil was able to combine his passion for natural science with his love of mountain exploration and photography.

Phil has led numerous climbing and skiing expeditions to Antarctica, Tibet, India, Pakistan, Nepal, Peru, East Greenland, the Caucasus, and Canada.

He has also served as vice president of the Alpine Club, leading multiple successful mountaineering and ski-mountaineering expeditions to Antarctica.

An ardent climber, Phil has made numerous ascents of previously unscaled Antarctic mountains.

  • Philipp Schaudy
  • Function: Expedition leader
  • Nationaliteit: 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.

  • Sarah Gerats
  • Function: Expedition guide
  • Nationaliteit: 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.

  • Beau Pruneau
  • Function: (Assistant) Expedition leader and guide
  • Nationaliteit: Canadian
  • Jan Belgers
  • Function: Expedition leader
  • Nationaliteit: Dutch
  • Rinie van Meurs
  • Function: Expedition leader
  • Nationaliteit: Dutch
  • Christian Engelke
  • Function: Expedition leader
  • Nationaliteit: German
  • Birgit Lutz
  • Function: Expedition Leader
  • Nationaliteit: German
  • Ali Liddle
  • Function: (Assistant) Expedition leader and guide
  • Nationaliteit: British
  • Arjen Drost
  • Function: (Assistant) Expedition leader and guide
  • Nationaliteit: Dutch
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  • Jordi Plana
  • Function: Expedition leader
  • Nationaliteit: Spanish

Captains

  • Ernesto Barria
  • Function: Captain
  • Nationaliteit: 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.

A beach guard by the age of 16, Ernesto’s favorite sport when he was young was swimming. When he finished high school, he moved to Puerto Montt, one of the most important ports in Chile. There he started his studies to become a merchant marine officer.

By his graduation in 1991, he’d already begun to sail on different vessels around Puerto Montt.

Ernesto became first officer of Antarctic Dream in 2005, beginning by navigating in Antarctica and later the Arctic. In 2011 he obtained the rank of captain, and in 2015 he was chosen as the best officer of the Chilean merchant navy.

Ernesto became a captain for Oceanwide Expeditions on Ortelius in 2013.

When he’s not working, Ernesto loves to travel around Chile with his family. He enjoys scuba diving, swimming, cycling, and photography, which has become his favorite hobby.

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  • Arthur Yakovlev
  • Function: Captain
  • Nationaliteit: Russian

Arthur Yakovlev was born in Petrozavodsk, the capital and largest city of the Republic of Karelia, in northwestern Russia.

  • Alexey Nazarov
  • Function: Captain
  • Nationaliteit: Russian

Alexey Nazarov was born in the Russian town of Arkhangelsk, the so-called Pomors Capital of the world. Since his childhood, he dreamed of being a sailor.

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  • Evgeny Levakov
  • Function: Captain
  • Nationaliteit: Russian
  • Mika Erik Appel
  • Function: Captain
  • Nationaliteit: Finnish
  • Yury Marin
  • Function: Captain
  • Nationaliteit: Russian
  • Remmert Koster
  • Function: Captain
  • Nationaliteit: Dutch
  • Alexander Schmidt
  • Function: Captain
  • Nationaliteit: German

Office

Head Office:
Phone: +31 (0)118 410 410
Fax: +31 (0)118 410 417
Email: info@oceanwide-expeditions.com
USA & Canada reservations:
Phone: +1 800 453 7245
Fax: +1 (0)281 749 8220
Email: usa@oceanwide-expeditions.com
  • Mellany van der Hulst
  • Function: Marketing & Inhouse Design
  • Nationaliteit: Dutch
  • Marie Rose Porreca
  • Function: Reservations, North-America
  • Nationaliteit: American
  • Ad van Bokhoven
  • Function: Finance
  • Nationaliteit: Dutch
  • Jamie Scherbeijn
  • Function: Reservations
  • Nationaliteit: Dutch
  • Femke Wolfert
  • Function: Staffing Manager
  • Nationaliteit: Dutch
  • Loraine van Huizen
  • Function: Internet Marketeer
  • Nationaliteit: Dutch
  • Michel van Gessel
  • Function: CEO
  • Nationaliteit: Dutch
  • Maria del Pilar Fernandez
  • Function: International Sales Manager
  • Nationaliteit: Chilean
  • Iris van Zalinge
  • Function: HR & Staffing
  • Nationaliteit: Dutch
  • Natascha Wisse
  • Function: Operations Manager for Marine Services
  • Nationaliteit: Dutch
  • Piet Vink
  • Function: Senior Technical Manager for Marine Services
  • Nationaliteit: Dutch
  • Gabi Merten
  • Function: Reservations for the German speaking market
  • Nationaliteit: German
  • Dorita de Bruijn
  • Function: HR Manager
  • Nationaliteit: Dutch
  • Rima Deeb Granado
  • Function: Director of Sales, North-America
  • Nationaliteit: American
  • Rowan Keur
  • Function: Reservations
  • Nationaliteit: Dutch
  • Ko de Korte
  • Function: Consultant
  • Nationaliteit: Dutch
  • Majanda Fens
  • Function: Reservations Manager
  • Nationaliteit: Dutch
  • Andreas Diesing
  • Function: Key Account Manager for the German speaking countries
  • Nationaliteit: German
  • Franklin Braeckman
  • Function: Marketing & Sales Manager
  • Nationaliteit: Belgian
  • Florian J. Piper
  • Function: Arctic Program Coordinator
  • Nationaliteit: German
  • Adam Turner
  • Function: Field Operations Manager
  • Nationaliteit: British
  • Wim Stander
  • Function: Technical Manager for Marine Services
  • Nationaliteit: Dutch
  • Matt Cutts
  • Function: Senior Content Writer
  • Nationaliteit: American
  • Marina Joglar
  • Function: Reservations, North-America
  • Nationaliteit: American
  • Nyrée Siereveld-Verstraete
  • Function: Account Assistant
  • Nationaliteit: Dutch
  • Ingrid van de Loo
  • Function: Food & Beverage Manager for Marine Services
  • Nationaliteit: Dutch
  • Mark van der Hulst
  • Function: COO
  • Nationaliteit: Dutch
  • Toto Vermue
  • Function: Reservations
  • Nationaliteit: Dutch
  • Sietse Vonk
  • Function: Ship Operations for Marine Services
  • Nationaliteit: Dutch
  • Elza Back
  • Function: Account Assistant
  • Nationaliteit: Dutch
  • Erik Hageman
  • Function: CFO
  • Nationaliteit: Dutch
  • Sebastiaan Schijf
  • Function: Financial Controller
  • Nationaliteit: Dutch
  • Geert Kroes
  • Function: Art Director
  • Nationaliteit: Dutch
  • Grace Vidal
  • Function: Reservations, North-America
  • Nationaliteit: American