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.

Back to Life

Published Jul 25, 2022 10:17 PM by Paul Benecki

Posted in: Shipbuilding

SHIP REPAIR: Running a ship repair yard requires ingenuity, adaptability and a knack for bringing wornout equipment back to lif...

Strategy Shift: Russian Energy Insecurity Fuels the Green Transition

Published May 15, 2022 9:58 PM by Paul Benecki

Posted in: Offshore

The last few months have made it abundantly clear that overdependence on foreign energy is a national vulnerability – especi...

Despite Ukrainian Claims, Russian Navy Support Ship Appears Unharmed

Published May 15, 2022 8:52 PM by Paul Benecki

Posted in: Tugs & Salvage

U.S.-backed media outlet Radio Svoboda has confirmed reports that the Russian naval auxiliary Vsevolod Bobrov has returned safely...

Photos: First Images of the Lost Russian Cruiser Moskva Emerge

Published Apr 17, 2022 8:09 PM by Paul Benecki

Posted in: Tugs & Salvage

[Update: A bystander video released Monday appears to corroborate the evidence in these photos, and it has been added below.]...

Ukraine Claims to Have Struck the Flagship of Russia's Black Sea Fleet

Published Apr 13, 2022 5:26 PM by Paul Benecki

Posted in: Government

[Updated: Russian state media outlet RIA Novosti confirms an explosion aboard the Moskva resulting in "serious damage,&q...

Back Story

Published Mar 6, 2022 11:32 PM by Paul Benecki

Posted in: Cruise Ships

For tour boats and harbor cruise operators, COVID-related health and safety concerns have led to a sharp drop in revenue from out-...

Russian Navy Captures Ukraine's Outpost on Snake Island

Published Feb 24, 2022 8:27 PM by Paul Benecki

Posted in: Government

In the opening day of its invasion of Ukraine, the Russian Navy captured Snake Island (Zmiinyi Island), a small border patrol outp...

Video: OSV Strikes a Working Coast Guard Buoy Tender Twice

Published Jan 26, 2022 10:17 PM by Paul Benecki

Posted in: Tugs & Salvage

A newly-released video shows a collision between an OSV and a U.S. Coast Guard buoy tender in Sabine Pass, shortly after the...

Interview: Wärtsilä Voyage's Hendrik Bußhoff on Vessel Autonomy

Published Jan 9, 2022 4:44 PM by Paul Benecki

Posted in: Shipping

Autonomous vessels are already in limited use in the defense sector, and several research and survey operators have announced plan...

Report: Russian Sub Hit Royal Navy Frigate's Sonar Array

Published Jan 6, 2022 7:40 PM by Paul Benecki

Posted in: Government

The UK Ministry of Defence has confirmed that a Russian submarine collided with a towed sonar array connected to the frigate HMS N...

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