Propeller Club News

2017 Salute to Congress honoree announced

March 21, 2017

The Honorable Mazie K. Hirono (Hawaii) has been selected to be honored at the Club’s annual Salute to Congress dinner, to be held on May 2 at the Army Navy Country Club in Arlington, Va.  

Senator Hirono will be recognized for her support of the United States maritime industry. Hailing from the island state of Hawaii, Senator Hirono understands the importance of a vibrant U.S.-flag fleet to the nation’s economy and security. She is a stalwart advocate for the Jones Act, the Maritime Security Program, cargo preference, and other laws that are essential to supporting the United States Merchant Marine.

Senator Hirono

We are so pleased to be able to honor Senator Hirono with the Salute to Congress,” said the Propeller Club’s International President, Rick Schiappacasse of Jacksonville, Florida. “We look forward to the opportunity to thank her for her support of a strong domestic maritime industry. We are grateful for her leadership as ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee’s Subcommittee on Seapower and her advocacy for the Merchant Marine and the Jones Act.”

The Propeller Club’s Salute to Congress is the maritime industry’s most prestigious and anticipated annual event in the Nation’s Capital. For more than three decades, the Club and its members have recognized Members of Congress who have demonstrated consistent support for the maritime industry and the United States-flag Merchant Marine. More than 250 guests are expected to attend and honor Senator Hirono, including individuals from the executive and legislative branches as well as independent agencies, leaders from the maritime industry and members of the Propeller Club from throughout the nation.

Past recipients of the award include then-Speaker of the House Thomas P. “Tip” O’Neill, the first honoree in 1985, and then-Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott in 1997. Recent honorees include Rep. Elijah Cummings, Rep. John Garamendi, and Sen. Roger Wicker, last year’s recipient. A complete list can be found at

Tables of 10 and individual tickets for the dinner can be reserved by calling 703-691-2777 or on the Club’s website at

The International Propeller Club of the United States is a non-profit, international association dedicated to the promotion of the maritime industry, commerce and global trade. Through more than 80 chapters located in port cities in the U.S. and abroad, the Propeller Club promotes the maritime industry and contributes to professional development of its members. 

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