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.

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...

Russian Research Vessel Intercepts U.S. Icebreaker in the Arctic

Published Sep 6, 2023 3:45 PM by Paul Benecki

Posted in: Government

In a pattern reminiscent of the Cold War, a Russian research vessel is shadowing the U.S. Coast Guard icebreaker USCGC Healy in th...

U.S. Navy Will Dismantle Carrier USS Enterprise at a Commercial Shipyard

Published Sep 5, 2023 11:39 PM by Paul Benecki

Posted in: Tugs & Salvage

For more than a decade, the U.S. Navy has been mulling options for disposing of the world's first nuclear-powered aircraft car...

Oligarch's Daughter Disrupts Auction of Seized Russian Yacht

Published Sep 4, 2023 2:36 PM by Paul Benecki

Posted in: Government

When the government of Antigua seized the ultra-luxury superyacht Alfa Nero last year, local officials may not have realized how d...

Philippine Military Tells China's Coast Guard to "Behave"

Published Aug 20, 2023 11:29 PM by Paul Benecki

Posted in: Government

The Philippine military plans to make another attempt at sending a supply convoy to the BRP Sierra Madre, a deteriorating World Wa...

Taiwanes Air Force Apologizes for Bombing Near Coast Guard Cutter

Published Aug 15, 2023 8:14 PM by Paul Benecki

Posted in: Tugs & Salvage

Last week, Taiwan's air force nearly bombed a Taiwanese Coast Guard cutter during a training exercise gone awry, according to...

U.S. Navy Combs Through Destroyer Fleet for Life-Extension Candidates

Published Aug 11, 2023 12:15 PM by Paul Benecki

Posted in: Government

The U.S. Navy is high-grading its destroyer fleet by carefully assessing the condition of each ship and selecting only the best hu...

World's Strangest Research Vessel Heads for Scrapyard After 60 Years

Published Aug 8, 2023 11:37 PM by Paul Benecki

Posted in: Offshore

The Scripps Instition of Oceanography's innovative Floating Instrument Platform (FLIP) has been towed off into the sunset...

China Asks Philippines to Abandon Second Thomas Shoal

Published Aug 7, 2023 8:40 PM by Paul Benecki

Posted in: Government

After the confrontation at Second Thomas Shoal last Friday, the government of China has urged the Philippines to remove its small...

Divers Find Lost Convoy of World War II LCTs off Cornwall

Published Jul 18, 2023 5:59 PM by Paul Benecki

Posted in: Shipping

Recreational divers have discovered the wreckage of what may be a convoy of WWII landing craft that sank in a storm off Land's...

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