Paul Benecki

Staff Writer

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Paul Benecki is a graduate of Cornell University's chemistry program. He worked in industry for several years before shipping out on freighters and tugs on the U.S. West Coast, then with the University of Washington's research vessel, the Thomas G. Thompson. He studied navigation and bridge resource management at the Pacific Maritime Institute, and is currently a staff writer and news editor at The Maritime Executive Magazine.

Clean and Pure

Published Mar 17, 2024 8:27 PM by Paul Benecki

Posted in: Shipping

  Shipowners have every incentive to ensure the cleanliness of their operations and go to great lengths to find the best s...

JTSB: Wakashio Went Aground Because Crew Sought Cell Coverage

Published Sep 28, 2023 6:35 PM by Paul Benecki

Posted in: Tugs & Salvage

After three years, the Japan Transport Safety Board has completed it investigation into the devastating grounding of the bulker Wa...

Two U.S. Navy Drone Boats Make Unannounced Appearance in Japan

Published Sep 18, 2023 10:04 PM by Paul Benecki

Posted in: Government

Drone boats are proving their worth on the front lines of conflict, and the U.S. Navy is moving gradually to adopt unmanned techno...

Photos: Russian Sub Suffered Extreme Damage in Ukrainian Strike

Published Sep 18, 2023 3:25 PM by Paul Benecki

Posted in: Tugs & Salvage

New imagery of the graving dock in Sevastopol's Pivdenna Bay appears to confirm that a Ukrainian missile strike has indeed des...

Ukraine Claims to Have Hit a Rare Russian Super-Ship

Published Sep 17, 2023 11:50 PM by Paul Benecki

Posted in: Tugs & Salvage

Thursday night's strikes on Sevastopol badly damaged a Russian landing ship and a Kilo-class submarine, and it is possible tha...

Philippines Finds Massive Coral Reef Damage From Chinese Harvesting

Published Sep 17, 2023 10:47 PM by Paul Benecki

Posted in: Government

The Philippine armed forces have accused Chinese fishing interests of illegally damaging coral on a vast scale at Iroquois Reef, a...

Court Fines Master for Pumping Out Cargo Hold's Bilges in a Storm

Published Sep 14, 2023 10:51 PM by Paul Benecki

Posted in: Tugs & Salvage

The Maritime Disciplinary Court of the Netherlands has fined the captain of a Dutch cargo vessel for pumping out the bilges of a h...

Ukraine Claims to Have Destroyed a Russian Submarine

Published Sep 13, 2023 3:18 PM by Paul Benecki

Posted in: Tugs & Salvage

Ukraine's military intelligence service claims that a Russian submarine was destroyed in last night's missile attack on a...

Swarm of Chinese Vessels Tries - And Fails - to Block Philippine Convoy

Published Sep 10, 2023 8:12 PM by Paul Benecki

Posted in: Tugs & Salvage

The Philipping Coast Guard has completed a resupply mission to Second Thomas Shoal despite determined opposition from Chinese forc...

Florida Man Arrested After Fourth Attempt at "Hamster Wheel" Voyage

Published Sep 6, 2023 7:00 PM by Paul Benecki

Posted in: Tugs & Salvage

Once again, the U.S. Coast Guard has intercepted and detained a former professional athlete for an ill-advised attempt to cross th...

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