Paul Benecki

Staff Writer

pbenecki@maritime-executive.com

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.

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PULLING TOGETHER

By Paul Benecki 2018-02-09 22:40:00

In the wake of Hurricane Maria, the Jones Act has become a bone of contention with critics claiming it hinders the Puerto Rican economy and supporters pointing to its importance for American jobs and national security. However, the tugs and...

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Digging Deep

By Paul Benecki 2017-12-15 21:34:44

The Panama Canal Expansion is complete. The New Suez Canal has been built. China’s island-building campaign appears to be finished, and Dubai’s land-reclamation market has slowed. The next truly big thing for marine construction may be China’s “One Belt, One...

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Adm. Buzby: Media Missed the Story on Puerto Rico Sealift

By Paul Benecki 2017-12-04 15:36:31

In a speech at the International Workboat Show last week, Maritime Administrator Rear Adm. Mark Buzby took the mainstream media to task for its coverage of the Jones Act and the American maritime industry's support for Puerto Rico.  "Everyone in this...

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Profiting from Data

By Paul Benecki 2017-09-07 21:41:27

The method most shipowners use to monitor a vessel’s performance hasn’t changed much in decades. The captain sends his ship’s status to the home office every day in a Noon Report, which contains the distance traveled, the propeller slip, the...

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Could "Big Data" Predict Freight Rates?

By Paul Benecki 2017-08-15 21:26:53

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 knew they would go down, you might...

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Moneymaker

By Paul Benecki 2017-07-26 20:46:32

The Relatively Low Startup Costs of a Ro/Ro Terminal Can Pay Big Dividends. For a port authority, there’s a lot to like about a roll-on/roll-off operation. The latest ro/ros can handle almost anything that can...

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With New Neighbors and Less Demand, Small Yard Closes Up

By Paul Benecki 2017-06-19 21:07:35

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. Zidell is closing, its yard hit by shrinking demand and hemmed in...

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UECC's Bjorn Svenningsen on LNG-Fueled Car Carriers

By Paul Benecki 2017-06-16 22:02:50

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 LNG bunkering. UECC is Europe's leading short-sea ro/ro operator, and it recently christened the...

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Big Ships Account for 80 Percent of Shipping's CO2

By Paul Benecki 2017-06-16 16:42:35

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. The problem is structural: big cargo vessels emit 80 percent of shipping's greenhouse gases, but they're also the industry's...

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Interview: TOTE's Peter Keller on LNG Bunkering

By Paul Benecki 2017-05-25 13:27:13

Peter Keller is the executive vice president of TOTE Inc. and the chairman of the SEA\LNG coalition, a consortium of prominent suppliers, shipping firms, class societies and others who are working to lower barriers to the adoption of LNG as...

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