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This single word encapsulates the commitment and dedication of the Propeller Club to work in creating a better future.
A better future for shipping.
A better future for Greece.
A better future for the environment.
A better future for all of us, especially for our children.

It also reflects the determination of the Board of Governors to build on the excellent work of the past few years, to enhance the Propeller Club’s role in furthering the interests of the maritime industry, in Greece and internationally.

WHAT WE DO:

A NOTE FROM OUR PRESIDENT

Costis J. Frangoulis

BOARD OF GOVERNORS

FROM LEFT TO RIGHT:

John Belousis, Christos Timagenis, Irene Notias, Ioannis Lagoudis, Danae Bezantakou, George Margaronis, Costis Frangoulis, Dimitri Vassilacos, Akis Tsirigakis, George Teriakidis, Katerina Stathopoulou, John Cotzias, Dorothea Ioannou, Michalis Dalacouras, George Kallianis, Dimitris Dimitriadis.

THE ORIGINS 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 Propeller Club’s world headquarters is located in Fairfax, Virginia, and today there are Clubs in 42 ports in the United States, as well as in 30 throughout the world.
The first Propeller Club outside the United States was established in Hamburg in 1932.

CLUBS IN 72 PORTS WORLDWIDE

The largest network of individuals dedicated to the enhancement and wellbeing of all interests of the maritime community internationally.

THE INTERNATIONAL PROPELLER CLUB, PORT 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, it’s the second 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.

PAST PRESIDENTS OF THE INTERNATIONAL PROPELLER CLUB, PORT OF PIRAEUS

1935 – 1936 Alphonse R. Sasseville
1936 – 1937 Raymond E. Taylor
1937 – 1938 F. P. Crane
1938 – 1939 J. F. Shafer
1939 – 1945 (World War II)
1946 – 1947 Ivan T. Jacks
1947 – 1948 Ralph W. Kalloch
1948 – 1949 David Creighton
1949 – 1950 Ralph W. Kalloch
1950 – 1951 Maj. Gen. C. H. Kells, U.S.A. (Ret.)
1951 – 1952 Howard D. McPherson
1952 – 1954 A. Von Sabo
1954 – 1955 Howard E. Hopkins

1956 – 1960 Brig. Gen. Charles L. Booth
1960 – 1965 Edward L. Troutman
1965 – 1966 Col. Roy W. Bartlett, USA (Ret)
1966 – 1969 Brian Bojonell
1969 – 1970 John A. Custer
1970 – 1973 Stuart C. Carlson
1973 – 1974 Maj. Gen. Joseph A. McChristian
1974 – 1975 Edward Glassmeyer
1975 – 1977 W. Bruce Cook
1977 – 1982 George J. Angelis
1982 – 1986 John C. Santikos
1986 – 1988 George J. Angelis
1988 – 1991 Costas Papagiannacopoulos

1991 – 1993 George J. Besi
1993 – 1996 Savvas J. Kalafatides
1996 – 1999 George D. Dalacouras
1999 – 2001 Argiris Skondras
2001 – 2003 Marios T. Kyriakou
2003 – 2005 Markos A. Foros
2005 – 2007 Vlassis N. Katrantzos
2007 – 2009 Nikolas A. Tsavliris
2009 – 2011 Nikolaos A. Pappadakis
2011 – 2013 Antonios-Stamos D. Faraklas
2013 – 2019 George C. Xiradakis

1956 – 1960 Brig. Gen. Charles L. Booth
1960 – 1965 Edward L. Troutman
1965 – 1966 Col. Roy W. Bartlett, USA (Ret)
1966 – 1969 Brian Bojonell
1969 – 1970 John A. Custer
1970 – 1973 Stuart C. Carlson
1973 – 1974 Maj. Gen. Joseph A. McChristian
1974 – 1975 Edward Glassmeyer
1975 – 1977 W. Bruce Cook
1977 – 1982 George J. Angelis
1982 – 1986 John C. Santikos
1986 – 1988 George J. Angelis
1988 – 1991 Costas Papagiannacopoulos

1991 – 1993 George J. Besi
1993 – 1996 Savvas J. Kalafatides
1996 – 1999 George D. Dalacouras
1999 – 2001 Argiris Skondras
2001 – 2003 Marios T. Kyriakou
2003 – 2005 Markos A. Foros
2005 – 2007 Vlassis N. Katrantzos
2007 – 2009 Nikolas A. Tsavliris
2009 – 2011 Nikolaos A. Pappadakis
2011 – 2013 Antonios-Stamos D. Faraklas
2013 – 2019 George C. Xiradakis

AMVER INTERNATIONAL SYSTEM

The genesis of the AMVER system ultimately finds its roots in the RMS TITANIC disaster in 1912. Ships passing within sight of the ill-fated passenger liner were unaware that it had hit an iceberg and was sinking.  Originally known as the Atlantic Merchant Vessel Emergency Reporting (AMVER) System, it was initiated by the Unites States Coast Guard and became operational on 18 July, 1958. AMVER began as an experiment, confined to waters of the North Atlantic Ocean, notorious for icebergs, fog and winter storms.  In 1971, the system was formally expanded worldwide.

Today, over 22,000 ships from hundreds of nations participate in AMVER. An average of 4,000 ships are on the AMVER plot each day and those numbers continue to increase. The AMVER Center computer receives over 14,000 AMVER messages a day. Over 2,800 lives have been saved by AMVER-participating ships since 2000.

AWARDS

AMVER Awards

In 1971 the U.S. Coast Guard launched the Annual AMVER Awards to recognize and reward participation ships which remain “on plot” for at least 128 days in a calendar year. These awards have become instrumental in stimulating participation in, and loyalty to, the AMVER System.

Greek AMVER Awards

The first Greek AMVER Awards Ceremony took place on 2 June 1992 during the Posidonia Exhibition. That year 45 companies belonging to Greek interests and 127 vessels received awards for their participation in the program. Since 1994 the Propeller Club, Port of Piraeus, has supported the AMVER Program in Greece, organizing the annual AMVER Awards in Athens. Last year 217 companies belonging to Greek interests and 2,023 vessels received awards, representing 30% of total AMVER Awards granted worldwide. This places Greece in the leading position.

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