Over 400 participants converged on Biloxi, Miss., to attend the annual Propeller Club Convention. Maritime industry leaders, Propeller Club Members from around the world, Propeller Club Student Port Members and spouses enjoyed informative panel discussions that addressed issues such as Shipbuilding, Terminal Operations
, Offshore Drilling Construction, Short Sea Shipping in Europe and the U.S., Inland Waterway Issues, Homeland and Port Security
, Ballast Water Issues and others. When not attending excellent panel sessions, attendees were afforded southern charm and hospitality at every turn as the host Ports of Gulfport, Pascagoula and Mobile created a unique and rewarding experience for all.
Award winners this year were: Maritime Person of the Year – Slade Hooks, Propeller Club Member of the Year – Frank Baptista, and the Propeller Club Port of the Year - Norfolk, VA.
Next year, The Propeller Club International Convention will be held at the Fairmont Copley Plaza Hotel October 5-7, 2005 in Boston, Massachusetts.
The Propeller Club of the United States is a grassroots, non-profit organization that supports all facets of the maritime industry and is made up of 10,000 members worldwide, addressing maritime industry issues on the local, national and international level.