The International Propeller Club of Japan (IPCJ)
The Propeller Club was conceived in 1922 and the Propeller Club, Port of New York, organized January 24, 1923. On November 7, 1927, The Propeller Club of the United States as a national and international organization was formed, with individual member clubs designated as “Ports”.
The membership comprises a cross section of the maritime industry throughout the United States and in many cities overseas, one of which is The International Propeller Club of Japan. The Propeller Club is particularly well equipped to promote, further and support the merchant marine. “Propeller” in the name refers to the propulsion of ships and is symbolic of the driving force required for Americans to appreciate the need for an adequate, privately-owned merchant marine for both overseas and the domestic commerce.
Today, The Propeller Club is the largest and the only grass roots maritime association in the United States.
In 1932, the Propeller Club began to expand to overseas ports. The club currently has 33 International Ports throughout the world. The Club believes strongly that the continued health of the U.S. Merchant Marine is enhanced by vibrant international maritime commerce.
The Objectives and Declaration of Policy was primarily to promote and support the United States merchant marine, including shipyards and other allied industries, to meet the requirements of national security and economic welfare and to further promote waterborne commerce and the marine industry in all segments. Others included such objectives as to develop policies to enhance mutually beneficial relationships between all port members, etc. etc.
The Propeller Club in Japan during the late 60’s was active with various participants from the US military as well as with some US Flag shipping carriers. However, due to one reason or other, and the decrease of the US merchant marine related entities in Japan, in mid 70’s, The Propeller Club in Japan was renamed as “The International Propeller Club of Japan” with the aim to disassociate from the US Propeller Club. This allowed for various interested entities such as various internationally operated logistics companies and or transportation related companies to join the new club as members
The current overall objectives of the International Propeller Club of Japan is to promote and to enhance awareness of the Japanese logistics, tran sportation and the general water-front activities through monthly meetings with special guests as speakers. Annual social gatherings are also arranged for the members and their guests to exchange views on a wide range of subjects; not necessarily related to logistics or transportation but in the areas of environment, insurance, finance, manufacturing, etc.