Ons team

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

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

Adam was brought up in the countryside of Essex, England. He began sailing at the age of nine and by 12 was already working on the local river.

By the age of 16, he had a small fishing boat and was working on boatyards, taking tourists to see local seal colonies and helping out on the local lifeboat.

Adam later joined the British Armed Forces and was posted in Northern Ireland and elsewhere in the UK. He also served in Kenya as a boat operator. In 2002 Adam joined the police and spent several years on a specialist unit working across the UK with his search dog, Charley.

Since Adam was young, he dreamed of working in the Antarctic like his uncle, who had worked there in the late 1980s. In 2014 Adam left the police to work as a boating officer for the British Antarctic Survey at King Edward Point, South Georgia, where he spent just over a year.

Adam studied at Middlesex University and often gives lectures on history. In 2017 he was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society while working as a guide and consultant.

In 2020 Adam began working fulltime for Oceanwide Expeditions as their field operations manager. He holds a commercial masters certificate and instructs in several marine disciplines. Adam enjoys diving, climbing, kayaking, and other outdoor activities.

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  • Martin Berg
  • Function: Expedition leader
  • Nationaliteit: Swedish

Martin is a keen birder and botanist and has been involved in several research projects with a focus on seabird ecology and conservation.

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  • Sara Jenner
  • Function: Expedition leader
  • Nationaliteit: 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.

  • Beau Pruneau
  • Function: Expedition leader
  • Nationaliteit: Canadian
  • Ali Liddle
  • Function: Expedition leader
  • Nationaliteit: British
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  • Christian Engelke
  • Function: Expedition leader
  • Nationaliteit: German
  • Florence Kuyper
  • Function: Expedition leader
  • Nationaliteit: Dutch
  • Jan Belgers
  • Function: Expedition leader
  • Nationaliteit: Dutch
  • Rinie van Meurs
  • Function: Expedition leader
  • Nationaliteit: Dutch
  • Philipp Schaudy
  • Function: Expedition leader
  • Nationaliteit: Austrian
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  • Katja Riedel
  • Function: Expedition leader
  • Nationaliteit: German
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  • Pippa Low
  • Function: Expedition leader
  • Nationaliteit: British

Activity staff

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

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

Henrik has been diving for over 25 years and teaches all levels of recreational and technical diving up to Advanced Trimix CCR.

He runs the IART (International Association of Rebreather Trainers) Regional Office for Northern Europe and is a member of the IART Board of Advisors.

Henrik is a keen wreck diver and has been involved in deep-wreck expeditions all over the world. Some of the interesting wrecks he has visited are the WW2 disasters General von Steuben and Wilhelm Gustloff in the Baltic as well as the HMS Victoria ("the vertical wreck") at 145 meters (475 feet) off the Lebanese coast.

His interest in both the ocean and space has engaged him in projects with the European Space Agency (Mars500 Project) and SeaSpace Exploration and Research Society (Project Poseidon), among others.

He has a military background, having served in peace keeping and enforcing missions in the Middle East and former Yugoslavia.

He has been leading dive expeditions in Antarctica and the Arctic for almost 20 years in remote and challenging waters, many of which have never been dived before.

Henrik holds an M.Sc. Degree in Electrical Engineering and works in the automotive industry when not traveling the polar regions.

He has lived and worked in Tokyo for two years but currently lives in India with his wife, three teenage daughters, and five-year-old son.

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

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

Captains

  • 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.

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.

  • 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.

  • Alexander Schmidt
  • Function: Captain
  • Nationaliteit: 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.

  • Ernesto Barria
  • Function: Captain
  • Nationaliteit: Chilean
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  • Mika Erik Appel
  • Function: Captain
  • Nationaliteit: Finnish
  • Evgeny Levakov
  • Function: Captain
  • Nationaliteit: Russian
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  • Toni Salo
  • Function: Captain
  • Nationaliteit: Finnish

Office

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