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AMVER Awards Ceremony 2019

The Amver Awards Dinner, organized by The International Propeller Club of the United States, Port of Piraeus, in collaboration with the US Embassy in Greece and the United States Coast Guard, took place on Friday, November 1st, 2019.

This year’s message was “NEXT – working for the Future”, a message that fully reflects the newly elected Board of Governors of the Propeller Club, presented for the first time by incoming President, Costis Frangoulis.

The event opened with moving renditions of the anthems of the United States and Greece by the Children’s Choir of the American community Schools in Athens. Peter Economides, renowned brand strategist, acted as Master of Ceremonies. More than 1.100 guests, primarily from the shipping industry, enjoyed the evening, honoring the shipping companies, their vessels and crews which represent Greece’s maritime heritage. An evening of entertainment, information and inspiration. An invitation for all to move forward, working for the future. The future of Greece after ten years of crisis. The future of shipping as it faces new challenges in a rapidly changing world. The future of education as we prepare a new generation to take its place in this world. The future of safety at sea. The future of the planet in the face of increasing environmental threats. The future of our children.

The incoming President of the Propeller Club, Costis Frangoulis, honoured the outgoing President, and now Vice-President of the International Propeller Club, Mr. George Xiradakis with the title of President Emeritus. Mr. Frangoulis talked about the future of the Club. He shared the vision of the new Board for a Propeller Club with even larger membership, with a presence in more Greek ports, with the ability to raise even more funds in order to give back to Greek society.

As he stated characteristically, “Together with this remarkable Board of Governors, we will work intensively as a team, focused on the next day, working for the future.”

In his turn, the Ambassador of the United States to Greece and Honorary President of the Propeller Club, Port of Piraeus, the Honorable Geoffrey R. Pyatt, thanked the previous and new Presidents of the Propeller Club. He emphasized that it was only with the support of the club and the shipping industry, that the Amver system could achieve global success. He also cited some new initiatives, such as the student exchange program between Suny State University of New York and the Hydra Merchant Marine Academy, just one of the many examples of the continuously  strengthened ties between the United States and Greece.

Peter Economides spoke about the need to work for the future with optimism, confidence, inspiration, dedication and daring. He spoke about the need to move beyond Corporate Social Responsibility, to embrace Corporate Social Leadership, to show society the way forward, to create the future. He also spoke about the importance of Greek shipping and his belief that Greece should become the thought leader for global shipping.




This year’s Amver Awards honored 217 Greek companies and their 2.009 ships that volunteered for the Amver program for more than 128 days a year. It is worth noting that Greece, this year, achieved true distinction as the first country to earn more than 2.000 Amver Awards with a total of 2.009. An impressive success to be proud of, a true demonstration of Greece’s leading position in the global maritime community.

The list of the 217 Greek companies that received this year’s AMVER Award can be found here



This year six Greek vessels received the Special Rescue Award for rescue operations, saving lives at sea.

M / V FOXTROT (Load Line Marine SA)

M / V FRIO MOGAMI (Laskaridis Shipping Co. Ltd.)

M / V NESTOR (Laskaridis Shipping Co. Ltd.)

M / V SWAN CHACABUCO (Chartworld Shipping Co.)

C / V VENETIKO (V.Ships)

M / V VIRTUOUS STRIKER (Enterprises Shipping & Trading SA)



Three Greek companies with the most vessels on the Amver system during the past decade were honored with the Fidelity Awards.

Tsakos Group of Companies

Danaos Shipping Co. Ltd.

Minerva Marine


The event was honored by the presence, among others, of the Ambassador of the United States of America to Greece, Mr. Geoffrey R. Pyatt, the General Secretary of the Ministry of Shipping and Islands Policy, Dr. Evangelos Kyriazopoulos, the President of the Hellenic Chamber of Shipping Mr. George Pateras, the Chief of the  Hellenic Navy, Vice Admiral Nikolaos Tsounis, the Commandant of the Hellenic Coast Guard, Vice Admiral Theodoros Kliaris and the representative of the US Coast Guard, Rear Admiral Richard V. Timme.



The AMVER (Automated Mutual Assistance Vessel Rescue) System, sponsored by the U.S. Coast Guard, was inaugurated in 1958. It is an international voluntary program in which participants commit to assist vessels in distress, protecting property and saving life at sea. More than 22.000 ships participate in AMVER with an average of more than 8.500 reporting their positions daily within the system in 2018. Since the year 2000, over 2.800 lives have been saved by ships participating in the AMVER Program. The success of this system is attributable to the extraordinary cooperation of ships, ship management companies, SAR authorities, communication service providers and governments in supporting this international humanitarian program in its mission of protecting property and saving life at sea

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

The 2019 AMVER AWARDS are a tribute to the ship crews, management and owners for their committed participation which is so integral to the success of the program.

About The Propeller Club

The idea was conceived in New York, in 1922, by a group of professionals engaged in the merchant marine industry who gathered frequently at luncheons to discuss mutual issues and the future of shipping.

These meetings gradually developed into the Propeller Club of the United States, which aims at the promotion and furtherance of the American merchant marine and international shipping in general, as a symbol of mankind’s efforts to ring for a better world through commerce and industry.

Propeller” refers to the propulsion of ships and is symbolic of the driving force required to achieve the Club’s objectives. Today there is a Propeller Club in almost every sea and inland port in the United States, as well as in 33 cities throughout the world. The Propeller Club’s world headquarters is located in Fairfax, Virginia.

Propeller Club, Port of Piraeus was founded in 1935 as a non-profit charity Association. The Club cooperates closely with the Union of Greek Shipowners, the International Chamber of Shipping, the Hellenic Short-Sea Shipowners Association, the Hellenic American Chamber etc. to promote Maritime Relations, Commerce, Goodwill and Cultural relations between citizens of Greece, the U.S. and all other countries represented by their members. The net income of the Club is fully distributed with fairness and transparency to charities and scholarships to students, primarily from naval families.


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