95th Annual International Propeller Club Convention and Leadership Conference

“Open for Business in 2022 – What will it look like?”
Virtual Conference
Join your colleagues from across the globe!

Tuesday, October 12, 2021

12noon EST    6:00pm CEST
Welcome and Introduction
Kings Point Cadet Trumpeters
Niels Aalund, President, International Propeller Club

12:15pm EST   6:15pm CEST
Leadership in the Trenches 
Dialog with successful Propeller Club leaders who have learned how to adapt and thrive in a challenging environment.  Panelists will openly share their experiences – the challenges and the wins – and the personal lessons learned for anyone willing to take on the mantle of leadership.
Moderator: Jim DeLizia, Delizia Consulting
Propeller Club Port of Piraeus
Propeller Club Port of Houston
Propeller Club Port of Jacksonville
Propeller Club Port of Seattle

Break: 1:45pm EST    7:45pmCEST

2:00pm EST      8:00pm  CEST
Professional Development Workshops – Choose 1

Leading into the Future
Bob Ganzik, Dale Carnegie Institute
Laura DiBella, Executive Director, Florida Harbor Pilots Association
To be a great leader you don’t need to be the head of your company.  To be a leader you need to have the ability to translate vision into reality, be able to influence others and maximize the efforts of others in order to achieve goals.  Especially during times of crises, when innovation and change are inevitable to thrive, it is essential that there is strong leadership as well as a process to develop strong leaders for the future.

Building Blocks for Career Success
A panel of successful recent graduates in various industries will show you how to position yourself for a successful career in the maritime industry. Understand the importance of building strong leadership skills and how to find and take advantage of leader-building opportunities. Discover the value of membership and engagement in maritime industry organizations as a career-building strategy.

3:15pm EST     9:15pm CEST

Networking Opportunity
Introduce yourselves and continue the discussions of the day in an informal virtual roundtable moderated by International Propeller Club Leaders.  An opportunity to meet new colleagues, have questions answered that you may have about the industry, your career or your club.

Wednesday, October 13, 2021

10:00am EST    4:00pm CEST
Conference Opening and Welcome
Kings Point Cadet Trumpeters,
Niels Aalund, President, International Propeller Club

10:15am      4:15pm CEST
Keynote Speaker: Admiral Karl Schultz, USCG (recorded)
Hear the 26th Commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard’s thoughts on the maritime challenges we face today and in the future.  

10:30am EST    4:30 PM CEST
Large Port Issues
U.S. and international ports are facing tremendous challenges due to Covid, including supply chain delays, port congestion, and worker shortages causing delays moving cargoes by truck and rail. What are the challenges and solutions as we move forward to peak season?
Moderator: Chris Connor, President and CEO of the American Association of Port Authorities

Ed DeNike, President of SSA Containers. He will discuss the challenges of Port congestion at US West Coast ports that include Los Angeles, Long Beach, Oakland and Seattle/Tacoma and discuss ways that SSA has been working to expedite cargo-handling during the current congestion.  
Cees van Pelt, Rotterdam Shortsea Terminals Special Projects Manager. He will discuss how shortsea and inland river business is developing at Rotterdam and how RST container handling is organized to maximize unloading and loading of ships and barges as well as loading onto trucks and trains.
Rick Clark, Deputy Director / COO, Alabama State Port Authority for the Port of Mobile.  Emerging Gulf gateways with inland transportation connectivity. Expanding supply chain opportunities to meet growing cargo demands and assure the nations resiliency in challenging times.
Ed McCarthy, Chief Operating Officer, Georgia Ports Authority for the Port of Savannah.

12:15pm EST    6:15pm CEST

12:30pm EST    6:30pm CEST
Cyber Security
Cybersecurity is on the minds of many executives and board members globally.  We are all aware of some of the recent high-profile incidents involving, ports, steamship lines, logistics providers and pipeline operations. The threat is spread across multiple areas of operations and types of businesses. On the maritime front, we have seen GPS jamming and spoofing, onboard ship operations infiltrated, global steamship lines attacked, and ports have also been targeted recently.  In the broader supply chain, logistics providers, OEM firms, and the pipeline industry have all faced attacks. Companies, their Boards of Directors and government agencies have all started to pay more attention to this threat.  With the global supply chain at risk, along with possible accidents and environmental incidents, this is a risk that must be addressed with proper attention and funding.  This panel will discuss the current state of the problem, discuss some recent high-profile incidents, and talk about what companies are doing to protect themselves and their assets.

Keynote:  RADM Michael Ryan, USCG Cybercommand

Moderator: Chris Carter, Information Security Analyst, Port of Vancouver, USA
Paul Robertson  – Director of Cyber Security at Mission Secure Industrial OT / ICS Cybersecurity to Stop Threats | Mission Secure 
Stephen Mills – Director of Maritime Cyber Security at Royal Caribbean Cruises
Chris Wolski – Chief Information Security Officer (CISO), Port of Houston Authority

Thursday, October 14, 2021

10:00am EST    4:00pm CEST
Conference Opening and Welcome
Kings Point Cadet Trumpeters, Niels Aalund

10:15am EST    4:15pm CEST
Keynote Speaker: Secretary-General Kitack Lim, International Maritime Organization

10:30am EST    4:30 PM CEST
Maritime Workforce
The Covid pandemic has had profound and deleterious effects on the supply chain and especially on the key workers of the maritime workforce including seafarers, dockworkers and the future labor force of our industry.  

Moderator: Dave Heindel, Chairman, Seafarers Section of the International Transport Workers Federation (ITF)
Dr. Michael Alfultis, President, SUNY Maritime Academy
Willie Adams, President, International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU)
Shashi N. Kumar, Ph.D., Master Mariner, Deputy Associate Administrator and National Coordinator for Maritime Education and Training
Adam Vokac, President, Marine Engineers’ Beneficial Association (MEBA)

12:00 pm EST    6:15 pm CEST

12:15pm EST     6:15pm CEST
Inland and Great Lakes Shipping
Moderator: Aimee Andres, Executive Director, Inland Rivers Ports and Terminals (IRPT)
Steve Fischer, Executive Director, American Great Lakes Ports Association
Mark Wright, VP, Southern Region, American Waterways Operators (AWO)
Aaron Halcomb, Middle River Marine. Invited
William Stahlman, Director of Engineering & Construction, America’s Central Port

1:45pm EST    8:45pm CEST
Session Wrap Up Jim Patti, 1st International Vice President

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