Propeller Club News

Visit Port Canaveral for our 2017 Convention

 August 18, 2017

The 91st Annual International Propeller Club Convention, which will take place Wednesday-Friday, October 18-20, in Cocoa Beach, Florida.  Our hosts will be the Propeller Club Port of Port Canaveral.  A convention website is available at

This year’s theme is “Modernizing Ports for the Future,” and leading government officials will address the convention, including   
     The Honorable Rick Scott—Governor of Florida
     The Honorable Mark Buzby, RADM, USN (Ret.)—U.S. Maritime Administrator
     The Honorable William Doyle—Federal Maritime Commissioner
     Admiral Paul Zukunft, USCG—Commandant of the Coast Guard
Maritime industry leaders will also be on hand for panel discussions on physical port security and cybersecurity, port infrastructure improvements for larger ships, and growth of LNG as a maritime fuel and as an important cargo.

The convention will take place at the Doubletree by Hilton Cocoa Beach Oceanfront Hotel.  Online reservations are available from the convention website, with room rates as low as $129/night.  For more information about registration, lodging, special events, spouse and guest activities, and convention sponsorship, visit our convention website at


2017 National Maritime Day observed

 May 24, 2017

As has been the case for more than 80 years, the United States observed National Maritime Day on May 22. Congress first fixed that date in 1933, marking the day in 1819 when the S.S. Savannah left her namesake city on the first powered trans-Atlantic sailing. The President's 2017 proclamation of Maritime Day is on the White House website.  

For many years, Propeller Club Ports have made it a priority to observe Maritime Day by remembering those who sailed, and who gave their lives in service to the Merchant Marine.  


2017 Salute to Congress award presented

May 5, 2017 

A crowd of maritime industry leaders came together to honor U.S. Senator Mazie K. Hirono with the 33rd annual Salute to Congress award on May 2. She has been a supporter of the maritime industry throughout her time representing Hawaii, first in the House, then in the Senate as well. See photos of the event.


2017 Salute to Congress honoree announced

March 21, 2017

The Honorable Mazie K. Hirono (Hawaii) has been selected to be honored at the Club’s annual Salute to Congress dinner, to be held on May 2 at the Army Navy Country Club in Arlington, Va.  

Senator Hirono will be recognized for her support of the United States maritime industry. Hailing from the island state of Hawaii, Senator Hirono understands the importance of a vibrant U.S.-flag fleet to the nation’s economy and security. She is a stalwart advocate for the Jones Act, the Maritime Security Program, cargo preference, and other laws that are essential to supporting the United States Merchant Marine.

Senator Hirono

We are so pleased to be able to honor Senator Hirono with the Salute to Congress,” said the Propeller Club’s International President, Rick Schiappacasse of Jacksonville, Florida. “We look forward to the opportunity to thank her for her support of a strong domestic maritime industry. We are grateful for her leadership as ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee’s Subcommittee on Seapower and her advocacy for the Merchant Marine and the Jones Act.”

The Propeller Club’s Salute to Congress is the maritime industry’s most prestigious and anticipated annual event in the Nation’s Capital. For more than three decades, the Club and its members have recognized Members of Congress who have demonstrated consistent support for the maritime industry and the United States-flag Merchant Marine. More than 250 guests are expected to attend and honor Senator Hirono, including individuals from the executive and legislative branches as well as independent agencies, leaders from the maritime industry and members of the Propeller Club from throughout the nation.

Past recipients of the award include then-Speaker of the House Thomas P. “Tip” O’Neill, the first honoree in 1985, and then-Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott in 1997. Recent honorees include Rep. Elijah Cummings, Rep. John Garamendi, and Sen. Roger Wicker, last year’s recipient. A complete list can be found at

Tables of 10 and individual tickets for the dinner can be reserved by calling 703-691-2777 or on the Club’s website at

The International Propeller Club of the United States is a non-profit, international association dedicated to the promotion of the maritime industry, commerce and global trade. Through more than 80 chapters located in port cities in the U.S. and abroad, the Propeller Club promotes the maritime industry and contributes to professional development of its members. 

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