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Oceanwide staff

The polar regions are what we do. From our expert expedition guides to our impeccable crew to our diversely skilled office staff, the OEX team is all about giving you the utmost experience of the Arctic, Antarctica, and the sub-Antarctic. Seasoned passengers of our own epic voyages, we bring to the table not only a love of the exotic polar world but also a combined wealth of expertise unrivaled by any other polar tour operator. Join us on one of our adventurous voyages, and let us share with you all there is to see, do, and explore in Earth’s most remote frontiers.

Expedition staff

  • Jordi Plana
  • Function: Expedition leader
  • Nationaliteit: Spanish

Born in Spain, Jordi Plana studied marine science in the Canary Islands before completing a master’s degree in the same field at the University of Magallanes.

He became involved with guiding and tourism after finishing his training as a mountain guide, leading groups in the Moroccan-Algerian Sahara. In 2003 he moved to southern Patagonia, combining his studies on phylogeography with his role as a guide-lecturer in Antarctica.

Jordi has served as a guide in the Magellanic ecoregion since 2005, consulting on new tour routes for expedition vessels in the Straits of Magellan.

He is the co-author of the Cape Horn Biosphere Reserve and has led the marine research group there, working as a diver and marine biologist for the Francisco Coloane Protected Area.

Jordi works as a guide in the polar regions and continues his research there, mostly with the Chilean Antarctic Institute and Quaternary Research Center.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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

Captains

  • 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.

After finishing high school at 15, Alexey started his naval career in the oldest maritime college in Russia. He graduated in 1997 and three months later made his first Arctic voyage as third officer on a hydrographic research vessel.

Alexey worked in the Russian Arctic in heavy ice conditions for the next eight years, serving on nuclear icebreakers for various international scientific expeditions.

He started with Oceanwide Expeditions in 2000, and in 2012 was promoted to captain aboard m/v Plancius. Celebrating his 20th anniversary of polar sailing in 2017, Alexey loves working with passengers and spending time in polar waters.

Alexey is also passionate about hydrography and enjoys sharing what he’s learned. During his vacations, he likes to visit different countries and spend time with his wife and son. 

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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.

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

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