International Propeller Club of the United States

96th Annual Convention and Conference

Port of Piraeus





The International Propeller Club of the United States is a global network of non-profit organizations dedicated to the maritime community.

The Club’s annual conventions and conferences bring stakeholders together in a forum of information, discussion and debate for the benefit of shipping and the world it serves.

This year, the 96th Annual Convention will be hosted by the International Propeller Club of the United States, Port of Piraeus, in the heart of the world’s leading maritime nation – in Athens, Greece.

This is the first Annual Convention since the onset of the global pandemic. It is aptly titled WE ARE TOGETHER.

Distinguished speakers and delegates from across the globe will address issues in this post-pandemic world – geopolitics, the evolution of port management and logistics, digitalization, human resource, maritime education and training, industry sustainability, and of course, decarbonization.

It’s an opportunity for networking and dialogue. And, it’s a chance for a glimpse of the rich history of Greece and its maritime community.

History of the International Propeller Club of the United States

The idea for the Propeller Club was conceived in New York in 1922 by a group of professionals engaged in the merchant marine industry. They would meet regularly to discuss issues of mutual interest and concern.

These meetings led to the foundation of the Propeller Club of the United States on 7 November 1927, with the aim of promoting the U.S. merchant marine industry and international shipping to create a better world through sea commerce.

The name “Propeller” is symbolic of propulsion, the driving force required to achieve the Club’s objectives.

The Propeller Club’s world headquarters are located in Fairfax, Virginia. Today there are Clubs in 72 ports worldwide. The first Propeller Club outside the United States was established in Hamburg in 1932.

Propeller Club of Piraeus

The International Propeller Club of the United States, Port of Piraeus, was founded on 25 October 1935.

It is the oldest active Club, outside the United States, and, in terms of membership, the largest Club in the world.

The remarkable success of the Club is due to the high interest and active participation of its members and the Board of Governors.

It is an autonomous non-profit organization, collectively controlled by a board of sixteen volunteer governors, elected by members every two years.

In recognition of this success and the Club’s status worldwide, the Club received the prestigious Piraeus International Centre Award at the 2018 Lloyd’s List Greek Shipping Awards ceremony, only to be followed up by the accolade International Propeller Club of the Year, 2021 awarded by the International Propeller Club of the United States at its 95th Annual International Propeller Club Convention and Leadership Conference held in October 2021.



Monday, 19 September

3:00-5:00PM International Board of Directors Meeting (For International Delegation only) – Iris Hall
7:00-9:00PM International Board of Directors Dinner at Zonars – Dionysos Restaurant (For International Delegation only)


Tuesday, 20 September

7:30-11:00AM Registration
9:00-10:30AM First Port President Meeting (For International Delegation only) – Aristotle II Hall
10:30-10:45AM Coffee Break
10:45-12:00PM Propeller Club Leadership Training and Round tables (For International Delegation only) – Aristotle II Hall
12:00-1:00PM Lunch Break – Lifetime Achievement Award – Cyclades Hall
1:00-1:30PM Welcome and Convention Opening Remarks

Welcome Addresses:
Costis J. Frangoulis, President of the International Propeller Club of the United States, Port of Piraeus
James C. Patti, President of the International Propeller Club
Giannis Plakiotakis, Minister of Maritime Affairs and Insular Policy
George James Tsunis, United States Ambassador to Greece

1:30-2:00PM International Propeller Club Awards’ Ceremony
2:00-2:30PM Opening Session / Keynote Speaker: Peter Economides “IMAGINE… The full potential of shipping on future generations in Greece”.
2:30-3:45PM Current Geopolitical Events Panel: Impact on trading patterns, energy routes, and ports of East Med.
3:45-4:15PM Coffee Break
4:15-5:30PM Women’s Propeller Club Meeting – Iris Hall
6:30-9:00PM Propeller Club, Port of Piraeus President’s Reception- Standing Networking Dinner at The Grand by Interni – Grand Hyatt Hotel


Wednesday, 21 September

7:30-9:00AM Registration
8:30-9:45AM Student Port Meeting – Aristotle II Hall
9:50-10:00AM Special Address by Olympia Anastasopoulou, Secretary General for Tourism Policy and Development
10:00-11:00AM Ports in today’s fast changing environment Panel:
How will the current external pressures that impact shipping and trade, together with new environmental regulations, technology trends, increasing cyber threats and the foreseeable tonnage affect port operations?
11:00-11:15AM Coffee Break
11:15-12:15PM The Human Element: Preparing for the Future Maritime Education & Reskilling Panel:
New environmental regulations and technology trends require upskilling and reskilling of the crews on-board as well as the office personnel. They also pose an opportunity to attract fresh talent. How will the industry handle this?
12:15-1:15PM Lunch Break – Cyclades Hall
1:15-1:30PM Keynote Speech: Vice Admiral Georgios Alexandrakis, Commandant of the Hellenic Coast Guard (H.C.G.)
1:30-1:35PM Presentation by Marichem Marigases Worldwide Services
1:35-2:35PM Maritime Career Opportunities: International Officers and Port Presidents network with students
Presentation of the “Adopt a Ship” Project by Irene K. Notias
3:30-6:30PM Tour of the Port of Piraeus
*Bus will depart from the Grand Hyatt Hotel at 3:30PM and return upon the end of the Tour
7:00PM Dinner at Thalassaki


Thursday, 22 September

7:30-11:00AM Registration
10:00-11:00PM Navigating the “NEXT” Stage of the Shipping Evolution Driven
by Decarbonization Panel:
The upcoming regulations towards the 2030 & 2050 decarbonization targets greatly impact technology choices, fuel supply chain, financial and commercial decisions as well as operational practices. What is the current view?
11:00-11:15AM Coffee Break
11:15-11:25AM Special Address by Eva Kaili, Vice-President of the European Parliament
11:25-12:25PM Navigating the “NEXT” Stage of the Shipping Evolution
Driven by Digitalization Panel:
Digital technologies are here to support the shipping industry operations on matters of vessel performance monitoring, voyage/route optimization, machinery maintenance as well as autonomy. Is the industry embracing this?
12:25-1:25PM Seated Lunch – Cyclades Hall
1:25-1:40PM Special Address by Senator of Rhode Island, Leonidas (Lou) Raptakis
1:40-2:40PM Sustainable Shipping: A Capital Intensive and Heavily
Operational Business Panel:
Driven by regulations and several industry-wide initiatives, sustainability in shipping has come into focus as a top priority. Are ESG practices already embedded in daily operations? Are financiers and capital providers encouraging and/or rewarding sustainability or just ticking the boxes?
2:40-2:55PM Presentation on the HELLAS LIBERTY, by Dr Spyros M. Polemis
2:55-3:05PM Presentation by PPG
3:15-4:30PM Second Port Presidents Meeting and Installation of Officers (International Delegation only)
7:00-9:30PM Cocktail Reception and Gala Dinner at the Grand Hyatt Hotel – Caryatids Hall


Panel 1: Current Geopolitical Events

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 20, 14:30-15:45

Dimitri Vassilacos Partner of Ship Finance Solutions Moderator
Michael Biery Defence and Naval Attache of the U.S. Embassy to Greece Speaker
George Koumoutsakos Member of the Hellenic Parliament Speaker
George Margaronis CEO of Latsco Shipping Limited Speaker
Daniel Tadros COO of the American P&I Club Speaker
Aristotle Tziampiris Professor of International Relations, Director of the MSc Program in American Studies of University of Piraeus Speaker

Panel 2:  Ports in today’s fast-changing environment

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 21, 10:00-11:00

Danae Bezantakou CEO of Navigator Shipping Consultants Moderator
Fotis Dalmyras CEO of Andriaki Shipping Speaker
Erik Holmgren Economic Officer of the U.S. Embassy to Greece Speaker
Christian Johnsen Partner of Jones Walker LLP Speaker
Sotirios Theofanis Professor of Practice & Programme Lead, MSc in Shipping & Port management of City College Speaker
Sean O’Toole Senior Manager, Port/Terminal Operations at Hapag Lloyd Speaker

Panel 3:  The Human Element: Preparing for the Future Maritime Education & Reskilling

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 21, 11:15-12:15

George Xiradakis Founder / Managing Director of XRTC Moderator
George Foustanos Maritime Historian and Author / Founder of the Greek Shipping Miracle Speaker
Amelia Rocos Senior Risk Management Analyst of Diaplous Group Speaker
Katerina Skourtanioti Managing Director of Venlys Maritime Specialisation Services Speaker
Stavroula Tsiamouli Lieutenant Commander H.C.G (Finance Officer) Speaker
Kostas Vlachos Chief Technical Operations Officer of Castor Ships S.A. Speaker

Panel 4: Navigating the “NEXT” Stage of the Shipping Evolution Driven by Decarbonization

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 22, 10:00-11:00

Dorothea Ioannou CEO of The American P&I Club Moderator
Kim Diederichsen CEO of Anemoi Marine Technologies Speaker
Guillame Langlois Onshore Support Consultant of Aventa Consulting Speaker
Nicos Rescos COO of Starbulk Speaker
Katerina Sardi Country Manager and Managing Director of Energean Speaker
Athanasios Thanopoulos CEO of Drylog Speaker

Panel 5: Navigating the “NEXT” Stage of the Shipping Evolution Driven by Digitalization

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 22, 11:25-12:25

Panos Theodossopoulos CDO of Oceanking Moderator
Jonathan Gaylor Senior Sales Executive of Nautilus Lab Speaker
Cynthia Hudson CEO and Founder of HudsonAnalytix, Inc Speaker
Stavros Meidanis Managing Director of Capital-Executive Ship Management Corp. Speaker
Despina Panayiotou Theodosiou CEO of Tototheo Maritime Speaker
Michela Schenone Marine Digital Advisory Solutions Manager of RINA Speaker

Panel 6:  Sustainable Shipping: A Capital Intensive and Heavily Operational Business

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 22, 13:40-14:40

Katerina Stathopoulou Executive Director of Investments & Finance Ltd Moderator
Helena Athoussaki Head of ESG, Sustainability & Climate Change of Motor Oil Hellas Speaker
Nicholas Pfaff Deputy Chief Executive and Head of Sustainable Finance at the ICMA Speaker
George Plevrakis VP of Sustainability of ABS Speaker
Spyros Tarassis COO – Bulker Fleet of Costamare Shipping Co. Speaker
Valentios (Eddie) Valentis CEO of PYXIS Speaker

Guests / Spouses Guided Tours

All tours will be conducted by certified guides fluent in English

Tuesday, 20 September


Bus departs at 10:00AM from GRAND HYATT Hotel

Athens City Guided Tour with a visit to the Acropolis Hill

This half-day excursion is a chance to visit one of the world’s most significant monuments, followed by a chance to explore and enjoy the centre of Athens and spend some time shopping and strolling around the city centre.

Participants will explore the amazing Plaka, Anafiotika village (a picturesque village right in the heart of Athens) and stroll through Monastiraki, one of the most unique neighbourhoods in Europe.

Skirting the foot of the Acropolis and connecting it to the city’s other ancient attractions – the Ancient Agora, the Roman Forum, Kerameikos, and the Temple of Olympian Zeus – is a 2.5-kilometer walking path known as the Archaeological Promenade.

Following this, they will have the chance to enjoy the amazing tavernas, cafeterias and shops in the heart of Athens.

Tour participants will also see the Hellenic Parliament, Syntagma Square, the Zappeion Gardens and, of course, the Panathenaic Olympic Stadium (Kallimarmaro).

Note: Entrance tickets and transfers are included


Wednesday, 21 September

Bus departs at 09:00AM from the GRAND HYATT Hotel.

Explore the amazing New Acropolis Museum, focused on the archaeological discoveries at the Acropolis of Athens.

The museum was built to house artefacts found on the rock and on the surrounding slopes, from the Greek Bronze Age to Roman and Byzantine Greece.

It lies on the ruins of parts of Roman and early Byzantine Athens.

The museum was founded in 2003 while the Organization of the Museum was established in 2008. It opened to the public on 20 June 2009.

More than 4,250 objects are exhibited in an area of 14,000 square metres.

The Organization for the Construction of the new museum is chaired by Aristotle University of Thessaloniki Professor Emeritus of Archaeology, Dimitrios Pandermalis.

Following the visit to the Museum, participants may stroll around the magical district of Plaka.

Note: Entrance tickets and transfers are included


Thursday, 22 September

Bus departs at 09:00AM from the GRAND HYATT Hotel.

Visit to the Temple of Poseidon in Sounion followed by shopping in Glyfada area.

Guided visit to the Temple of Poseidon located at the tip of the Sounion Peninsula at the southernmost point of Attica.

Made entirely of white marble, it was erected in the middle of the 5th century BC and dedicated to Poseidon, ancient god of the sea.

Following the guided tour, the participants can enjoy lunch on the beach.


Organizing Committee

Costis J. Frangoulis Chairman
Dorothea G. Ioannou 1st Vice Chair
Danae D. Bezantakou 2nd Vice Chair
John N. Cotzias
Katerina A. Stathopoulou
Panos Theodossopoulos
Dimitri G. Vassilacos

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