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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

  • Beau Pruneau
  • Function: (Assistant) Expedition leader and guide
  • Nationaliteit: Canadian

Beau Pruneau grew up in a log house in the northern Ontario wilderness. He appreciated the great outdoors from an early age, learning wilderness survival, navigation, tracking, and camping.

After graduating college with a degree in sustainable outdoor recreation management, for which he studied wilderness survival, plant ecology, and engine mechanics, he headed to British Columbia to work at a ski resort in the Rocky Mountains.

It was in British Columbia that he met his German wife, with whom he moved back to Ontario to work at another ski resort near the Great Lakes. In 2011 Beau relocated to Germany, trying his hand at making wine, building bikes, and traveling the world with his wife.

He has been recently certified by the Polar Tourism Guides Association (PTGA) as a senior polar expedition guide with advanced qualifications in Zodiac driving, rifle safety, navigation, and other related skills.

Beau works as a guide, lecturer, photographer, and Zodiac mechanic. During his spare time, he is also a travel consultant. He lives in Dresden with his wife and son.

 

  • 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.

  • Rinie van Meurs
  • Function: Expedition leader
  • Nationaliteit: Dutch

Rinie van Meurs has been an expedition leader since 1989, leading hundreds of expeditions all over the polar regions. The Arctic island of Spitsbergen, the largest in the Svalbard archipelago, is as familiar to him as his own back yard.

  • Jordi Plana
  • Function: Expedition leader
  • Nationaliteit: Spanish
  • Tobias Brehm
  • Function: Expedition Leader
  • Nationaliteit: German
  • Jan Belgers
  • Function: Expedition leader
  • Nationaliteit: Dutch
  • Birgit Lutz
  • Function: Expedition Leader
  • Nationaliteit: German
  • Christian Engelke
  • 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
  • Phil Wickens
  • Function: Expedition leader
  • Nationaliteit: British
  • Sarah Gerats
  • Function: Expedition guide
  • Nationaliteit: Dutch

Captains

  • Yury Marin
  • Function: Captain
  • Nationaliteit: Russian

Born in Rybinsk, Russia, Yury Marin began sailing on small sporting yachts at the age of nine. By age 16, he was already preparing for a life of sailing the world's rivers and seas.

Yury attended Rybinsk River College, after which he enjoyed a short period of work on river cruise vessels and the Moscow Social Academy of water transport. Later he was employed with the Murmansk Shipping Company, for which he worked on cargo carriers.

In 2008 he started sailing in north Russia, where he discovered his deep enjoyment of ice navigation. He then made his first visit to Antarctica in 2009, sailing for five months with the Indian Antarctic Expedition​, and since then has worked in Antarctica and the Arctic on a yearly basis.

Yury has crossed all longitudes of Antarctica, received accolades for consecutive seasons spent there, and has served as a chief officer on an icebreaker for the US Antarctic Program in the Ross Sea.

In 2014 he began working for Oceanwide, and as of 2019 has been a captain on m/v Ortelius.

  • 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.

  • Evgeny Levakov
  • Function: Captain
  • Nationaliteit: 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.

  • Mika Erik Appel
  • Function: Captain
  • Nationaliteit: Finnish
  • Arthur Yakovlev
  • Function: Captain
  • Nationaliteit: Russian
  • Remmert Koster
  • Function: Captain
  • Nationaliteit: Dutch
  • Ernesto Barria
  • Function: Captain
  • Nationaliteit: Chilean
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  • Alexey Nazarov
  • Function: Captain
  • Nationaliteit: Russian
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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
  • Ingrid van de Loo
  • Function: Food & Beverage Manager for Marine Services
  • Nationaliteit: Dutch
  • Troels Jacobsen
  • Function: Product & Sales Manager
  • Nationaliteit: Danish
  • Loraine van Huizen
  • Function: Internet Marketeer
  • Nationaliteit: Dutch
  • Gabi Merten
  • Function: Reservations for the German speaking market
  • Nationaliteit: German
  • Mark van der Hulst
  • Function: COO
  • Nationaliteit: Dutch
  • Marie Rose Porreca
  • Function: Reservations, North-America
  • Nationaliteit: American
  • Dorita de Bruijn
  • Function: HR Manager
  • Nationaliteit: Dutch
  • Femke Wolfert
  • Function: Staffing Manager
  • Nationaliteit: Dutch
  • Rima Deeb Granado
  • Function: Director of Sales, North-America
  • Nationaliteit: American
  • Majanda Fens
  • Function: Reservations Manager
  • Nationaliteit: Dutch
  • Rowan Keur
  • Function: Reservations
  • 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
  • Mellany van der Hulst
  • Function: Marketing & Inhouse Design
  • Nationaliteit: Dutch
  • Marina Joglar
  • Function: Reservations, North-America
  • Nationaliteit: American
  • Michel van Gessel
  • Function: CEO
  • Nationaliteit: Dutch
  • Geert Kroes
  • Function: Art Director
  • Nationaliteit: Dutch
  • Ad van Bokhoven
  • Function: Finance
  • Nationaliteit: Dutch
  • Elza Back
  • Function: Account Assistant
  • Nationaliteit: Dutch
  • Grace Vidal
  • Function: Reservations, North-America
  • Nationaliteit: American
  • Florian J. Piper
  • Function: Arctic Program Coordinator
  • Nationaliteit: German
  • Piet Vink
  • Function: Senior Technical Manager for Marine Services
  • Nationaliteit: Dutch
  • Jamie Scherbeijn
  • Function: Reservations
  • Nationaliteit: Dutch
  • Matt Cutts
  • Function: Senior Content Writer
  • Nationaliteit: American
  • Ko de Korte
  • Function: Consultant
  • Nationaliteit: Dutch
  • Natascha Wisse
  • Function: Operations Manager for Marine Services
  • Nationaliteit: Dutch
  • Maria del Pilar Fernandez
  • Function: International Sales Manager
  • Nationaliteit: Chilean
  • Wim Stander
  • Function: Technical Manager for Marine Services
  • Nationaliteit: Dutch
  • Sebastiaan Schijf
  • Function: Financial Controller
  • Nationaliteit: Dutch
  • Franklin Braeckman
  • Function: Online Marketing Manager
  • Nationaliteit: Belgian