Ons team

Oceanwide staff

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Expedition staff

  • Katja Riedel
  • Function: Expedition leader
  • Nationaliteit: German

Katja grew up in Germany, where she completed her Ph.D. in Atmospheric Chemistry.

For her research, she spent the winter of 1997 at the German Antarctic Base Neumayer, where she was responsible for the Atmospheric Observatory.

Since then she has been on several scientific expeditions to Antarctica, measuring ozone at Scott Base, drilling ice cores at Law Dome, and taking samples of 120,000-year-old ice on Taylor Glacier in the Dry Valleys.

Katja worked for more than 12 years as a research scientist in Wellington, New Zealand, where her research interests were greenhouse gases in the atmosphere and in ice cores.

Since 2011 she has worked as a guide and lecturer on expedition cruises in the Arctic and Antarctica.

The polar regions have always fascinated Katja.

She has skied over 220 km (140 miles) through Svalbard, sailed in a small yacht to Antarctica, kayaked various polar waters, and worked as a science assistant in West Greenland.

Her fondest memories of Antarctica are building a 24-hour sundial and sledging from Hut Point to the Erebus Ice Tongue. Most recently, she skated 250 km (155 miles) across Lake Baikal in Siberia.

Life is an adventure for Katja. Whenever she can, she travels, hikes, cycles, sea kayaks, and skis to Earth’s remote and beautiful places.

When she is not traveling, she lives in New Zealand and works as a freelance guide, science communicator, and photographer.

Katja speaks fluent English and German.

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  • 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.

  • Jan Belgers
  • Function: Expedition leader
  • Nationaliteit: Dutch

Jan Belgers was born in the Netherlands and currently lives in Rotterdam. He has been working as a professional outdoor guide and expedition leader for many years.

  • Ali Liddle
  • Function: Expedition leader
  • Nationaliteit: British
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  • Rinie van Meurs
  • Function: Expedition leader
  • Nationaliteit: Dutch
  • Adam Turner
  • Function: Expedition leader
  • Nationaliteit: British
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  • Beau Pruneau
  • Function: Expedition leader
  • Nationaliteit: Canadian
  • Martin Berg
  • Function: Expedition leader
  • Nationaliteit: Swedish
  • Philipp Schaudy
  • Function: Expedition leader
  • Nationaliteit: Austrian
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  • Sara Jenner
  • Function: Expedition leader
  • Nationaliteit: British
  • Florence Kuyper
  • Function: Expedition leader
  • Nationaliteit: Dutch

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.

  • Mika Erik Appel
  • Function: Captain
  • Nationaliteit: Finnish

Mika Erik Appel was born and raised in the town of Vaasa, Finland, where cold weather and ice was just part of daily life.

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