The purpose of the Student Port program of The Propeller Club of the United States is to develop an appreciation of the importance of the American merchant marine by the young men and women studying naval architecture, marine engineering, foreign trade, transportation, and kindred subjects at colleges across the country. Each Student Port is under the supervision of a Faculty Advisor and the student officers are elected by the general membership.
National Headquarters maintains close contact with these student branches and provides them with ongoing support. Local regular Propeller Club Ports also cooperate to further develop this interest by arranging tours of shipyards, terminals, and merchant vessels, inviting Student Port Members to attend their meetings and assisting in securing speakers. Upon graduation, the student may become a member of a regular Port without payment of national dues for one year.
In Charleston, the Propeller Club is fortunate to work with two Student Port chapters. The College of Charleston Student Port was chartered in 1985 and has been actively fostering interest in the maritime industry at the College since. The group is lead by faculty advisor Dr. Kent Gourdin who can be reached at:
School of Business
College of Charleston
66 George Street
Charleston, South Carolina 29424
In 2013, a new Student Port Chapter was established at The Citadel and the Propeller Club of Charleston looks forward to working closely with them to develop a successful program. The group is lead by faculty advisor Dr. Sergei Ponomarov who can be reached at:
School of Business Administration
171 Moultrie Street
Charleston, SC 29409