Propeller Club Port of Houston, About Us

The International Propeller Club of the United States – Port of Houston, is a member of the International Propeller Club of the United States whose membership comprises a cross section of the maritime industry throughout the United States and in many cities overseas. There are more than 80 Propeller Club chapters, known as “Ports”, in maritime locations around the world, including almost 30 in foreign cities. Being a member of the Propeller Club Port of Houston affords the member the opportunity to be a part of an international business network group that is dedicated to the promotion of the maritime industry, maritime commerce and global trade. One of the goals of the Propeller Club Port of Houston is to promote the education of future members of the maritime community by providing scholarships to those attending institutions with maritime programs. Additionally, the Propeller Club Port of Houston, when it has been able to, supports such organizations as the Houston International Seafarer’s Center and Todays Harbor for Children, formally known as the Boys and Girls Harbor, through charitable donations.

There are many benefits to joining the Propeller Club Port of Houston and the International Propeller Club. These include:

  • Invitations to members only events that provide you the ability to network with other maritime community members.
  • Meeting and engaging with elected officials and government representatives.
  • Maritime Transportation News updates that includes information on legislation, regulations and other industry news that may affect you.
  • An online forum enabling you to ask questions and discuss maritime issues that affect you with maritime experts worldwide.
  • Being part of a dynamic community of maritime professionals dedicated to improving water transportation and our intermodal transportation system.
  • Opportunities to foster professional development and career growth.
  • Helping to provide education and scholarships for the next generation of maritime leaders and workers.
  • An annual convention to gather with Club members from around the world and hear experts discuss issues critical to your industry.
  • Many social events throughout the year to help you build personal and business relationships with others in the maritime community.
  • Leadership opportunities in your industry.
  • Sponsorships are available to publicize your company
  • Club membership pin


The Propeller Club was conceived in 1922 as an ever-growing group of maritime professionals gathered frequently to discuss mutual problems concerning American shipping. This original group slowly expanded and on January 24, 1923 they formally organized themselves as the "Propeller Club of the Port of New York”.

News of the club spread to other port cities and Propeller Clubs were formed in Boston, New Orleans and at Yale University. 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." Ports followed in Tampa, Seattle, Jacksonville and Miami. The first overseas Propeller Club Port was formed in Hamburg, Germany, in 1932, by Americans engaged in the maritime business there.

"Propeller" in the name refers to the propulsion of ships and is symbolic of the driving force required to communicate the need for an adequate, privately-owned merchant marine for both overseas and domestic commerce. 

Today, the International Propeller Club of the United States is an international business network dedicated to the promotion of the maritime industry, commerce and global trade.