Ewing, Tom

Ewing, Tom

Tom Ewing is a freelance writer specializing in energy and environmental issues.

US Dredging: Plenty of Issues, New WRDA on the Way

Mar 25, 2024

2024 marks another year for development of a biennial WRDA bill—Water Resources Development Act, critical legislation for the Nation’s waterways, ports and harbors. WRDA encompasses a range of issues, from environmental regs to energy use to agriculture and…

The Real Cost of Net Zero Ports

Sep 26, 2023

Zero emission is a nice idea, but who’s going to pay for it? The U.S. EPA is readying big money for zero emission ports.The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is working on two high-profile port initiatives that it hopes will move the needle in a big way towards U…

Dredging: Keeping the Mississippi Open

Jun 19, 2023

“Not only does the top of the river move, but the bottom of the river also moves.” - James Bodron, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Mississippi Valley Division, Regional Business Director.Dredging was the Herculean act that allowed much of the U…

Lower Snake River Issues Cause Concern for Barge Transportation Industry

Mar 23, 2023

The inland waterways report in September 2022 edition of Marine News focused on issues facing the Lower Snake River Dams (LSRD) in the northwest, in U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ (USACE) Walla Walla District.That report referenced issues and…

Getting the Work Right: Coordinating Money, Time and Big Projects

Mar 20, 2023

I. MoneyNo one ever said it’s easy to understand federal budgets and spending plans. Nevertheless, a general sense of clarity and straightforwardness is critical for any review of public expenditures. This becomes more pressing when tracking revenue and expenditures linked to specific users’ fees…

Take a Hyke: Swarm Tech for Ferries

Feb 24, 2023

Apps, big data, tech, software and cutting-edge innovation were hallmarks at last year’s Sea Tech conference in Brest, France. During one session, for example, on electronic charting, the speakers made reference to “data as fuel.” For vessel operations…

Pushing the Envelope: A H2 Project Highlights French Teamwork on Alt-Energy

Feb 24, 2023

At the Sea Tech Week Maritime Transport conference this past September, held in Brest, France, there was no shortage of big-picture, creative ideas pertaining to maritime shipping and alternative energy.One such project, called Seaguel, was…

Ports & Logistics: Building A New Energy Industry

Feb 06, 2023

2022 closed with significant developments to advance offshore wind (OSW) and the necessary, related work required at U.S. ports – on the east and west coasts and the Great Lakes. Some of these developments included:Funding – MARAD’s Port Improvement…

US Inland Waterways: Looking for Rainmakers

Nov 10, 2022

As 2022 moves into its final months, low water levels and drought form the basis of the news impacting inland waterways operators and barge companies. In the first week of October, numerous barges were reported grounded in the Mississippi River…

US Inland Waterways: Big Money, New Projects, Help Wanted

May 24, 2022

New federal money promises dramatic impacts throughout the United States’ inland waterways system in 2022 and beyond. This report focuses on America’s central rivers; the Western rivers will be covered in a future report. These central rivers reach 11…

US Offshore Wind: Figuring Out the Business

Apr 07, 2022

If awards were given for dominating the sustainable energy spotlight, offshore wind (OSW) would surely be in line for top honors.Consider:Big money: BOEM’s February sale of New York Bight offshore wind development rights drew a record $4.37 billion in developers’ bids…

ACE’s LA District Seeks A-E Services

Mar 23, 2022

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Los Angeles District – which encompasses AZ, CA, NV, and UT – is requesting information from firms capable of providing architectural and engineering (A-E) services. This is a preliminary “sources sought” notice…

Army Corps Making Plans for Fort Langley-Eustis Construction

Mar 23, 2022

The U.S. Army Corps’ Norfolk District seeks contractors for the 3rd Port Improvements Project at Ft. Eustis, Va. Total award could be between $10 million and $25 million. The Corps will use responses from companies to “determine an acquisition strategy…

WRDA 3rd Hearing: Members Promote Home Projects

Mar 23, 2022

The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, Water Resources and Environment Subcommittee, held a third Water Resources and Development Act (WRDA) hearing on March 16, providing a chance for Representatives to seek local project funding…

FMC’s National Shipper Advisory Committee Updates Ongoing Work

Mar 23, 2022

FMC’s National Shipper Advisory Committee held a third meeting on March 9. Two Subcommittees reported on work on (1) data sharing and visibility and (2) fees and surcharges.A core concern with data sharing is that too many different tech platforms…

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