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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

  • 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.

After finishing an undergrad degree in engineering, Christian moved to Svalbard in 2008. Three unforgettable years later, he moved “down south” to Tromsø in Northern Norway, where he finished a master’s degree.

Since 2009 Christian has worked as a freelance guide and expedition leader. His initial voyages were in Svalbard and Greenland.

As of 2014, he has also worked in the Antarctic Peninsula and South Georgia. He loves the wildlife, stark landscape, and heroic history of these areas. 

Christian is a sea kayak instructor with a specialty in Tromsø whale-watching trips. When he’s not in the high latitudes, you’ll probably find him in his kayak off the Norwegian coast.

  • 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.

  • Ali Liddle
  • Function: (Assistant) Expedition leader and guide
  • Nationaliteit: British

Ali Liddle grew up in the north of England where, after leaving school, she qualified as a primary school teacher.

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

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.

  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • Yury Marin
  • Function: Captain
  • Nationaliteit: Russian
  • Alexey Nazarov
  • Function: Captain
  • Nationaliteit: Russian
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  • Alexander Schmidt
  • Function: Captain
  • Nationaliteit: German
  • Arthur Yakovlev
  • Function: Captain
  • Nationaliteit: Russian

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