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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

  • Jan Belgers
  • Function: Expedition leader
  • Nationaliteit: 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.

Traveling and wilderness guiding are his passions. His work as a guide has brought him from the high ranges of the Himalayas and Andes to the extreme latitudes of Spitsbergen and Antarctica.

He took his first steps in the polar regions as a student in 1992, participating in an international winter expedition to Antarctica’s Weddell Sea. Since then he has joined several research expeditions to remote places in the Arctic and Antarctic Oceans.

Jan feels at home on the sea due to his background in marine biology, and he is one of the expedition leaders on our historic schooner, Noorderlicht.

He lectures on natural history and biology, and is a confirmed polar literature fanatic.

  • Birgit Lutz
  • Function: Expedition Leader
  • Nationaliteit: German

Birgit loves being out and away – that is why her life has changed from award-winning writer to Arctic-addicted adventurer.

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

  • Beau Pruneau
  • Function: (Assistant) Expedition leader and guide
  • Nationaliteit: Canadian
  • Jordi Plana
  • Function: Expedition leader
  • Nationaliteit: Spanish
  • Sarah Gerats
  • Function: Expedition guide
  • Nationaliteit: Dutch
  • Arjen Drost
  • Function: (Assistant) Expedition leader and guide
  • Nationaliteit: Dutch
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  • Ali Liddle
  • Function: (Assistant) Expedition leader and guide
  • Nationaliteit: British
  • Phil Wickens
  • Function: Expedition leader
  • Nationaliteit: British
  • Philipp Schaudy
  • Function: Expedition leader
  • Nationaliteit: Austrian
  • Rinie van Meurs
  • Function: Expedition leader
  • Nationaliteit: Dutch

Captains

  • Remmert Koster
  • Function: Captain
  • Nationaliteit: Dutch

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

After completing nautical college, he sailed general cargo ships for several years before switching to heavy-lift ships, transporting such loads as offshore platforms, Dutch Royal Navy vessels, submarines, parts for petrochemical plants, dredgers, cranes, and other such items.

Since 2016 he has captained passenger vessels, starting with two mega-yachts and later becoming a captain with Oceanwide Expeditions on its Polar Class 6 vessel, Hondius.

Remmert is married and lives with his wife and her daughter in an old farmhouse in north Holland. When he’s not busy renovating the house, he likes to cook, travel, and spend time with his family and friends.

  • 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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  • 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.

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