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

3:00-4:00PM International Board of Directors Meeting
6:30-8:30PM International Board of Directors Dinner
The Grand by Interni – Grand Hyatt Hotel


Tuesday, 20 September

7:30-11:00AM Registration
9:00-10:30AM First Port President Meeting
10:30-10:45AM Coffee Break
10:45-12:00PM Propeller Club Leadership Training and Round tables – Parthenon Hall
12:00-1:00PM Lunch Break – Cyclades Hall
1:00-1:30PM Welcome and Convention Opening Remarks
1:30-2:00PM Opening Session / Keynote Speaker
2:00-3:15PM Current Geopolitical Events Panel: Impact on trading patterns, energy routes, and ports of East Med. – Parthenon Hall
3:15-3:30PM Coffee Break
3:30-5:00PM Women’s Propeller Club Meeting
6:30-9:00PM Propeller Club, Port of Piraeus President’s Reception- Standing Networking Dinner – Venue The Grand by Interni – Grand Hyatt Hotel


Wednesday, 21 September

7:30-9:00AM Registration
8:30-9:45AM Student Port Meeting – Estia Hall
10:00-11:00AM Ports in today’s fast changing environment Panel: (Parthenon Hall)
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 effect port operations?
11:00-11:15AM Coffee Break
11:15-12:15PM The Human Element: Preparing for the Future Maritime Education & Reskilling Panel: (Parthenon Hall)
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?
12:15-2:00PM Awards’ Luncheon with Keynote Speaker – Cyclades Hall
2:00-3:00PM Maritime Career Opportunities: International Officers and Port Presidents network with students – Parthenon Hall
3:00-6:00PM Tour of the Port of Piraeus
*Bus will depart from the Grand Hyatt Hotel at 3PM and return upon the end of the Port Tour
From 6:00PM Dinner on your own


Thursday, 22 September

7:30-11:00AM Registration
8:30-9:45AM Propeller Club Regional Meetings – Parthenon Hall
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
11:15-12:15PM 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?
12:15-1:30PM Seated Lunch – Cyclades Hall
1:30-3:00PM 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?
3:15-4:30PM Second Port Presidents Meeting and Installation of Officers
6:30-9:30PM Cocktail Reception and Gala Dinner – Yacht Club of Greece

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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