Unserer Mitarbeiter

Oceanwide staff

Die freundlichen und hilfsbereiten Mitarbeiter unserer Verkaufs- und Reservierungsabteilung stehen Ihnen zur Verfügung. Sie beantworten Ihnen alle relevanten Fragen zu Ihrer Reise, dem Reiseziel und den Oceanwide Expeditions-Schiffen. Sie alle waren auf einer oder mehreren Expeditionsreisen in der Arktis und Antarktis und haben die wunderbaren Polarregionen kennengelernt. Bereits seit Jahren arbeiten sie mit großer Begesiterung für Oceanwide Expeditions.

Expedition staff

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

When she was only 10, she sold her favorite pink bicycle to start her travel fund. 

Every birthday and Christmas, she added more to the kitty until finally, at age 18, she realized her dream of diving the Great Barrier Reef! At that moment, the travel addict was born.

Ever since, Sara has been traveling the globe in search of wild and remote places.

She has also spent many months volunteering on wildlife conservation projects to help some of our most iconic and endangered species.

Sara’s love of wildlife and the outdoors has taken her to all seven continents.

She has traveled extensively in the polar regions, including the Antarctic Peninsula, the Falklands, South Georgia, Spitsbergen, Greenland, Iceland, Baffin Island, and the Canadian High Arctic.

Back home in the UK, Sara used her knowledge to work as a polar specialist for several years, but in 2016 she joined Oceanwide Expeditions, trading life on land for a life at sea.

Sara is a keen wildlife photographer, and when she is not in the polar regions, she enjoys working as a photographic guide in Botswana, specifically the beautiful Chobe River and Okavango Delta.

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

Since Adam was young, he dreamed of working in the Antarctic like his uncle, who had worked there in the late 1980s.

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

  • Rinie van Meurs
  • Function: Expedition leader
  • Nationalität: Dutch
  • Florence Kuyper
  • Function: Expedition leader
  • Nationalität: Dutch
  • Martin Berg
  • Function: Expedition leader
  • Nationalität: Swedish
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  • Ali Liddle
  • Function: Expedition leader
  • Nationalität: British
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  • Philipp Schaudy
  • Function: Expedition leader
  • Nationalität: Austrian
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  • Beau Pruneau
  • Function: Expedition leader
  • Nationalität: Canadian
  • Pippa Low
  • Function: Expedition leader
  • Nationalität: British
  • Katja Riedel
  • Function: Expedition leader
  • Nationalität: German
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  • Jan Belgers
  • Function: Expedition leader
  • Nationalität: Dutch

Activity staff

  • Henrik Enckell
  • Function: Dive Team Leader & Advisor
  • Nationalität: 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
  • Nationalität: British

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

Captains

  • Arthur Yakovlev
  • Function: Captain
  • Nationalität: 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.

  • Alexander Schmidt
  • Function: Captain
  • Nationalität: 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.

  • Remmert Koster
  • Function: Captain
  • Nationalität: Dutch

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

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

Office

Head Office:
Fax: +31 (0)118 410 417
USA & Canada reservations:
Fax: +1 (0)281 749 8220
  • Sietse Vonk
  • Function: Purchase & logistic Manager
  • Nationalität: Dutch
  • Ingrid van de Loo
  • Function: Food & Beverage Manager
  • Nationalität: Dutch
  • Sebastiaan Schijf
  • Function: Financial Controller
  • Nationalität: Dutch
  • Elza Back
  • Function: Account Assistant
  • Nationalität: Dutch
  • Grace Vidal
  • Function: Reservations, North-America
  • Nationalität: American
  • Femke Wolfert
  • Function: Staffing Manager
  • Nationalität: Dutch
  • Michel van Gessel
  • Function: CEO
  • Nationalität: Dutch
  • Nyrée Siereveld-Verstraete
  • Function: Account Assistant
  • Nationalität: Dutch
  • Teun van ‘t Verlaat
  • Function: Technical Superintendent
  • Nationalität: Dutch
  • Gabi Merten
  • Function: Reservations for the German speaking market
  • Nationalität: German
  • Marie Rose Porreca
  • Function: Reservations, North-America
  • Nationalität: American
  • Majanda Fens
  • Function: Reservations Manager
  • Nationalität: Dutch
  • Mellany van der Hulst
  • Function: Marketing & Inhouse Design
  • Nationalität: Dutch
  • Geert Kroes
  • Function: Art Director
  • Nationalität: Dutch
  • Maria del Pilar Fernandez
  • Function: International Sales Manager
  • Nationalität: Chilean
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  • Florian J. Piper
  • Function: Director Sales | Arctic program
  • Nationalität: German
  • Mark van der Hulst
  • Function: COO
  • Nationalität: Dutch
  • Loraine van Huizen
  • Function: Internet Marketeer
  • Nationalität: Dutch
  • Andreas Diesing
  • Function: Key Account Manager for the German speaking countries
  • Nationalität: German
  • Iris van Zalinge
  • Function: Staffing and Operations Support Manager
  • Nationalität: Dutch
  • Piet Vink
  • Function: Senior Technical Manager
  • Nationalität: Dutch
  • Adam Turner
  • Function: Field Operations Manager
  • Nationalität: British
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  • Toto van der Horst-Vermue
  • Function: Reservations
  • Nationalität: Dutch
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  • Dorine van Boekhout
  • Function: Reservations
  • Nationalität: Dutch
  • Ko de Korte
  • Function: Consultant
  • Nationalität: Dutch
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  • Erik Hageman
  • Function: CFO
  • Nationalität: Dutch
  • Matt Cutts
  • Function: Senior Content Writer
  • Nationalität: American
  • Franklin Braeckman
  • Function: Marketing & Sales Manager
  • Nationalität: Belgian
  • Marina Joglar
  • Function: Reservations, North-America
  • Nationalität: American
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