Paul Benecki

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.

profiting from data

Profiting from Data

By Paul Benecki 2017-08-25 15:13:03

(This article was originally published in the 2017 July/August edition) The method most shipowners use to monitor a vessel’s performance hasn’t changed much in...


Could "Big Data" Predict Freight Rates?

By Paul Benecki 2017-08-15 17:31:17

What if you had a good idea of what container freight rates for your cargo might be next week? If you knew they would go up, you could book your shipment now; if you...



By Paul Benecki 2017-07-19 14:46:45

(Article originally published in the May/June 2017 edition) The Relatively Low Startup Costs of a Ro/Ro Terminal Can Pay Big Dividends. For a port authority,...


With New Neighbors and Less Demand, Small Yard Closes Up

By Paul Benecki 2017-06-19 20:43:15

On a cloudy, damp Friday, a few hundred people gathered at the Zidell Marine yard in Portland, Oregon to watch the longtime barge-builder's final vessel go down the ways....


UECC's Bjorn Svenningsen on LNG-Fueled Car Carriers

By Paul Benecki 2017-06-15 03:45:29

At Nor-Shipping 2017, MarEx sat down with Bjorn O. Gran Svenningsen, the head of sales and marketing at United European Car Carriers (UECC), to talk about the future of...


Big Ships Account for 80 Percent of Shipping's CO2

By Paul Benecki 2017-06-13 20:16:44

At Nor-Shipping 2017, researchers with DNV GL released a study that points to the difficulty of reducing the industry’s CO2 output below current levels....

Spending Spree

Spending Spree

By Paul Benecki 2017-05-01 14:25:47

(Article was originally published in March/April 2017 edition.) Seaports know they must continue investing in infrastructure in order to maintain their competitiveness....


Big Data Makes Smuggling Harder to Hide

By Paul Benecki 2017-03-28 14:08:07

For thousands of years, maritime authorities have relied on tip-offs, patrols, investigations and random inspections to find smuggled goods. Today they have a variety of...

measure of certainty

A Measure of Certainty

By Paul Benecki 2017-03-23 15:43:03

From January/February 2017 Edition The U.S. Coast Guard has finally issued its first type-approvals for ballast water treatment systems: Time for the industry to step...


Philippine Military Fights Pirates on the Ground

By Paul Benecki 2017-03-07 15:54:13

On Saturday, the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) recovered the body of German yachtsman Jurgen Kantner, who was beheaded by the Islamist terrorist group Abu Sayyaf...

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