The Propeller Club, Port of Piraeus is hosting THE NEXT FORUM 2021, SYMBIOSIS IN THE MARITIME SECTOR on 25 May 2021.
On 25 May 2021, the International Propeller Club of the United States, Port of Piraeus, will host THE NEXT FORUM 2021, SYMBIOSIS IN THE MARITIME SECTOR: Greece and the United States – Past / Present / Future.
This is the first in a series of annual forums focused on the relationship between Greece and the United States.
THE NEXT FORUM 2021, SYMBIOSIS IN THE MARITIME SECTOR, is focused on the strong relationship between Greece and the United States and how this is expressed in the maritime sector – past, present and future. This year’s forum will trace this relationship over three panels, moderated by renowned personalities from both sides of the Atlantic.
“The inspiration for the forum derives from Next: Working for the Future. This is the mission that together with my Board of Governors we initiated at the beginning of our term” notes Costis J. Frangoulis, President of the Propeller Club, Port or Piraeus.
“I feel great joy and honor that in this forum, together with prominent personalities, we will detail and highlight the significance of the Greek – United States relationship at all levels, and especially in the field of shipping.”
This is an online forum, scheduled to begin at 17:00 (GMT+2) on 25 May 2021. The forum will be approximately four hours in duration.
Chair of the Organizing Committee is Propeller Club Honorary Member, Peter Economides, and Vice-Chair is Governor Katerina Stathopoulou.
Costis J. Frangoulis, President, International Propeller Club of the United States, Port of Piraeus
Giannis Plakiotakis, Minister of Maritime Affairs and Insular Policy
Geoffrey R. Pyatt, United States Ambassador to Greece
Niels A. Aalund, President, International Propeller Club of the United States
Discussion between Costis J. Frangoulis and Ambassador Pyatt.
Introduction to Panel One
Peter Economides, THE NEXT FORUM 2021 Chair
PANEL ONE – Symbiosis in the Past
Moderated by Danae Bezantakou, Secretary General, International Propeller Club of the United States, Port of Piraeus & George Foustanos (Maritime Historian & Author)
This panel will focus on the relationship between Greece and the United States, and how this developed in the maritime sector during the post war period. The panel will look at the Liberty Ships and the role they played in the revival of Greek Shipping. We will also discuss the role that Greek Shipping played in the establishment of the City of New York as an international maritime centre.
Dr. Spyros Polemis, Past Chairman of International Chamber of Shipping
Leonidas (Lou) Raptakis, State Representative of Rhode Island
George Xiradakis, Founder and Managing Director, XRTC & President Emeritus, International Propeller Club of the United States, Port of Piraeus
Introduction to Panel Two
Katerina Stathopoulou, THE NEXT FORUM 2021 Vice Chair
PANEL TWO – Symbiosis in the Present
Moderated by Dimitris Patrikios, 2nd Vice President, International Propeller Club of the United States, Port of Piraeus & Dimitri Vassilacos, Treasurer, International Propeller Club of the United States, Port of Piraeus.
90% of world trade travels by ship. 18% of the world’s shipping fleet is under Greek ownership. These vital statistics merely hint at the contribution of Greek Shipping to U.S. and global trade. This leading position has also created a very attractive financial and investment environment.
Scott Buschman, Vice Admiral, U.S.C.G. Deputy Commandant for Operations
Nicole Malliotakis, U.S. Congresswoman, Maritime Affairs
Aristides Pittas, CEO, Euroseas
Nico Rescos, COO, Starbulk
Panos Xenokostas, President & CEO, ONEX Technologies Inc.
Introduction to Panel Three
Interview with Irene Notias, Governor, International Propeller Club of the United States, Port of Piraeus
PANEL THREE – Symbiosis in the Future
Moderated by Costas Kontes 1st Vice President, International Propeller Club of the United States, Port of Piraeus & Mike Manatos, President, Manatos & Manatos
This panel will focus on areas of future Greek – US cooperation:
- Educating a new generation
Gus Bilirakis, U.S. House Representative for Florida
Alexandros Diakopoulos, Vice Admiral (ret.) HN, fmr. National Security Advisor to the Prime Minister of Greece
Timothy Ketter, US Navy Captain, Senior Defense Official/Defense and Naval Attaché
Carolyn Maloney, U.S. House Representative for New York
Alexander Panagopoulos, Founder and CEO, Forward Ships Corporation
John Platsidakis, Honorary Chairman, INTERCARGO
- An appreciation of the past
- An understanding of the present
- An inspiration for the future
To attend the Forum, please visit: https://www.eventora.com/en/Events/the-next-forum-2021/WebApp/Live/home/
For any further information, please contact the Club Secretariat:
+30 210 429 0976
+30 210 429 0237
About The Propeller Club
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 US 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.
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.
About Next: Working for the Future
This single word encapsulates the commitment and dedication of the International Propeller Club of the United States, Port of Piraeus, to work in creating a better future.
A better future based on even better relations between Greece and the United States.
A better future for shipping.
A better future for the environment.
A better future for all, especially for our children.