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Event Description

The International Propeller Club of the United States is a global network of non-profit organizations dedicated to the maritime community.  The Club's annual convention will bring stakeholders together in an information, discussion, and debate forum to benefit the shipping and world it serves.  This year, the 97th Annual Convention will be hosted by the Port of Charleston in our home of Charleston, South Carolina.  Last year, the Port of Piraeus hosted the convention in Athens, Greece.  This was the first convention since the onset of the global pandemic and was themed "We Are Together."  The conference was a huge success; we will build on that success while adding a hint of our Southern charm.  This year our focus is on "Propelling Tomorrow with Innovation Today."

We will bring together distinguished speakers and delegates from across the globe to discuss various topics regarding innovation and sustainability in key areas of port management and logistics, digitalization, human resources, maritime education and training, and more.  Our agenda and topics are still being finalized, but for now, you can see what we have planned each day HERE.  We would be honored if you would kick off our conference and welcome the global audience at the Welcome Keynote Session.  Learn more about our KEYNOTE SPEAKERS and when they will be speaking.  There's still time to be a sponsor of this great event, so check out the available SPONSORSHIPS.

Click HERE for more information and to register for this and all other events, including the golf tournament.


Propeller Club Member - $600 (early bird rate, before September 1, 2023, after this date, the rate is $650)
Non-Member - $700
Women's Propeller Club Member - $550
Student - $250

Did you know that you can get a ONE-DAY PASS to the International Propeller Club Convention?  If you don't have time to join us for the entire week, you can pick and choose the sessions and events you want to attend!

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  • Daily General Session Tickets - $200 per person for all sessions that day including lunch.  Does not include evening events.

  • Presidents Welcome Reception - $150 per person

  • Port Night tour and dinner on the USS Yorktown - $150 per person

  • Final Awards night gala and dinner - $150 per person

  • Wednesday lunch only - $75.00 per person

  • Thursday Awards lunch only -$75.00 per person

  • One specific session (morning only or afternoon only) - $100 per person/per session

Dress attire is business casual for all events except the Gala! 


Don't miss our PANEL TOPICS AND SPEAKERS during the convention. 

You can learn about port activities, major projects, and the future of the South Carolina state port systems on our tour scheduled for Wednesday, September 27th, 2023, from 4 pm to 5 pmCLICK HERE to learn more about our South Carolina ports.

We hope you will join us for the USS YORKTOWN EVENING EVENT on Wednesday, September 27, 2023. 

Please note:  Don't forget to register for the GOLF TOURNAMENT.

Looking for Spouse Programs or Guest Tours - CLICK HERE!

Hotel Information

Here's information you need to know about your Hotel Reservation.

Parking at the Francis Marion Hotel - Valet parking is available at a $25+ tax per day charge that will be automatically charged to your room bill.


Self-parking is available in the City Garage located next door to the Hotel. Self-parking is $20 per 24-hour period and is payable to the garage attendant by MasterCard, Visa or cash.

For more hotel information, check out the MAP BELOW.

For more information about Charleston or FUN things to do while you are here, CLICK HERE.

The Charleston International Airport is:

- 17 min (11.5 mi) via I-26 E to the Francis Marion Hotel

- 21 min (13.1 mi) via I-526 W/Mark Clark Expy and Hwy 17 N to the Francis Marion Hotel

- 19 min (12.0 mi) via Azalea Dr and I-26 E to the Francis Marion Hotel

Convention Agenda

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Here are some Dinner on your Own options for Tuesday, September 26th.

Options for Outside Tours and Activities for Spouses & Guests - Click here.





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Propeller Club Port of Evansville

Propeller Club Port of Charleston

Mr. and Mrs. C. James Patti

Women Propeller Club

Mr. and Mrs. Sonny Smith

J. Whitehead & Associates


HOST SPONSORS - Over $20,000

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Sponsorships Available

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Sponsorship Form


If you are an event sponsor, please email your company logo to in jpeg or eps format.

Map of Other Hotels in the Area

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About Charleston

Charleston is a popular tourist destination, attracting visitors from all over the world to experience its unique blend of Southern charm, historic landmarks, beaches, and cuisine. The city's well-preserved architecture, cobblestone streets, and lively arts and culture scene also add to its fame and appeal. (Source:

What is the weather like in Charleston in late September?  The weather in Charleston SC in September is still hot, but you can start to feel the signs of cooling down in the evenings. The average high temperature is about 83 and the low is 72, so the warm and mild weather makes going outside very enjoyable. It can still be a bit humid, but less so than during the peak summer months. 

Did you know that Charleston Just Won Best U.S. Destination for the 11th Year in a Row?  Check out this article to LEARN MORE.

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Fun things to do in Charleston

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  • Learn about U. S. History on the USS Yorktown.

  • Walk down King Street for a mix of locally owned shops and high-end boutiques, and end your day on Upper King that is home to some of the city's best dining and nightlife.

  • Stroll along the Waterfront Park and the Battery.

  • Visit the South Carolina Aquarium to see some of the local marine life.

  • Take a romantic sunset cruise through the harbor aboard a catamaran or tall ship.

  • Hit the Links at some of the area's fantastic courses.

  • Lounge on the Beach at the area's three most popular beaches:  Folly Beach, Isle of Palms, or Sullivan's Island Beach.

  • Admire art from at our Gibbes Museum of Art.

  • Enjoy some of the City's Best Restaurants:  Wild Common, Fig, Hank's Seafood Restaurant, Halls Chophouse, and so much more.

  • Enjoy the Spooky side of Charleston with one of our Guost Tours.

  • Do you love Baseball?  You can cheer on our very own minor league baseball team - Charleston RiverDogs.

  • Don't miss out on some of our local breweries:  Edmonds Oast Brewing Co., Holy City Brewing, Westbrook Brewing, Firefly Distillery, and so much more.

  • We have kayaking tours through the marshes and creeks around Charleston.

  • Walk the Ravenel Bridge for sweeping views of the harbor.

  • Stroll Shem Creek Boardwalk to take in views of the water, marsh, and boats.

  • Check out more things to do at Travel + Leisure.

Guest Tours for Spouses

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