International Propeller Club Of The United States Announces 2021 Awards


  • The International Propeller Club of the United States announced its 2021 International awards at its 95th Annual Convention held virtually from October 12-14. 
  • The International Propeller Club’s Port of the Year award was presented to the Propeller Club of Piraeus, Greece.  

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What does the award recognize?

This award recognizes the most outstanding port, or chapter, among the International Propeller Club’s 70 ports worldwide.

In August, the Port of Piraeus completed a 15-month interactive, online program of psychological support and empowerment for seafarers.

This was a program funded by the club, and it provided counseling to crew members on ships under Greek ownership. 

The Propeller Club of Piraeus also signed the Neptune Declaration on Seafarer Wellbeing and Crew Change, an initiative that aims to alleviate the seafarer crisis by facilitating crew changes and repatriation.

Despite the significant challenges posed by COVID19, the club was recognized for an astounding 80 percent growth in membership within the last year.

At the same time, the port’s annual philanthropic program grew by 48 percent, offering 14 scholarships and receiving a record 23 donations.

The Propeller Club of Piraeus is led by Costis J. Frangoulis, president of the Board of Governors.

The prestigious Maritime Person of the Year award for 2021

The prestigious Maritime Person of the Year award for 2021 was given to Eric Roger Dawicki of Fairhaven, Mass.

Dawicki has served as the president and CEO of the Northeast Maritime Institute (NMI) since 1995.

He also serves as the president and CEO of the Commonwealth of Dominica International Maritime Registry.

During his tenure at Northeast Maritime Institute, Dawicki was responsible for overseeing its growth from an exam preparation facility to a full-service maritime college and professional maritime training institution, providing quality education to mariners at all levels.

As a prominent maritime leader following the attacks of 9/11, Dawicki served a full term as a member of the United States Maritime Security Advisory Committee under both the Bush and Obama administrations.

On an international level, since 1996, he has participated in numerous U.S. delegations to the IMO and served on multiple committee and subcommittee meetings.

Dawicki has also been a member of the board of governors and an executive governor of the IMO’s World Maritime University in Malmo, Sweden, and he was chairman of WMU’s 30-year sustainability plan.

Dimitris Fafalios receives the International Propeller Club Member of the Year

The International Propeller Club Member of the Year was awarded to Dimitris Fafalios of the Propeller Club of Piraeus.

Fafalios is president of Fafalios Shipping SA, a traditional, family-run bulk carrier shipping company that traces its roots back to the 1860s.

He is chairman of The International Association of Dry Cargo Shipowners (INTERCARGO), and he chairs the Bulk Carrier Panel of the International Chamber of Shipping and the Maritime Safety and Marine Environment Protection Committee of the Union of Greek Shipowners.

In 2020, Fafalios was chosen by Lloyd’s List as one of the 100 most influential people in global shipping.

Throughout his career, the safety of seafarers and the environment have been at the forefront of his efforts.

He placed personal emphasis on the challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic, especially to relieve the severe plight of seafarers aboard vessels and improve the challenging problems associated with crew changes.

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Source: Waterways Journal


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