Paul Benecki

Staff Writer

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.

Money in the Wind

By Paul Benecki 02-14-2021 11:22:00

Posted in: Offshore

In November 1947, the world's first real offshore oil well entered service off the coast of Louisiana, ushering in an entirely...

A Shrinking Pie

The world of marine salvage is changing quickly on multiple fronts. Ships and projects keep getting bigger, but there aren’t...

Course Adjustments

By Paul Benecki 10-11-2020 06:24:47

Posted in: Shipping

Class societies have a special role as the validators and innovation labs of the maritime industry. In the COVID-19 era, their cap...

Making Allowances

By Paul Benecki 09-13-2020 02:55:49

Posted in: Shipping

Shipowners face gigantic new challenges in the COVID-19 era. In addition to the economic impact, they have to contend with a maze...


An electric revolution is under way in the ferry sector. America’s largest ferry network, Washington State Ferries, has anno...

Economic Slowdown Reshuffles Container Movements

By Paul Benecki 05-07-2020 02:14:00

Posted in: Ports

With global trade down sharply due to the coronavirus pandemic, container traffic volumes have fallen by double-digit percentages...

Venezuelan Navy Patrol Ship Sinks After Collision With Cruise Ship

An encounter between the Venezuelan patrol vessel GC-23 Naiguata and the ice-class expedition cruise ship RCGS Resolute resulted i...

First Confirmed COVID-19 Cases on a Container Ship

By Paul Benecki 03-30-2020 04:45:27

Posted in: Ports

Maersk Group has confirmed that five seafarers aboard the container ship Gjertrud Maersk have tested positive for COVID-19, includ...

IN THE KNOW Podcast 13: Restoring America's Sealift Capability

By Paul Benecki 03-17-2020 07:12:58

Posted in: Shipping

In this episode of The Maritime Executive podcast, MarEx spoke with Bryan Clark and Timothy Walton of the Center for Strategic and...

Five Confirmed Cases of Coronavirus Aboard Cruise Ship Braemar

The Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines vessel Braemar has been denied entry to the Bahamas after five people on board tested positive for th...

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