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  • 30 Aug 2019 8:42 AM | Anonymous

    Robert Coles - Walashek Industrial & Marine Inc.

    Wiley Grandy - Crenshaw, Ware & Martin PLC 

    Matthew McKeen - CMA CGM

    Mike Seluga - Vanasse Hangen Brustlin Inc. 

    Rhen West - Nauticus

    Ricky Wiatt - Vanasse Hangen Brustlin Inc.

  • 09 Jul 2019 4:49 PM | Janelle Clarke (Administrator)

    Today’s Propeller Club, Port of Norfolk Member Spotlight is shining on Captain George E. Watkins.

    Captain Watkins joined the Propeller Club, Port of Norfolk in 1962 because he “wanted to meet the movers and the shakers in the maritime community.” A mover and shaker himself, he says sharing their stories has been his favorite part of membership.

    He appreciates the informality and welcoming nature of the Propeller Club events. “We have members from all parts of the maritime industry in every phase of their careers, and everyone has a friendly attitude.”

    His greatest memory from his time in the Propeller Club is from 1994. Serving as the Club’s president, he received the request and granted the approval of funds to help bolster the Old Dominion University Propeller Club. Today, 25 years later, we continue our support of the ODU chapter, sharing funds and offering a variety of networking opportunities to the members.

    Captain Watkins acquired his Unlimited Pilots and Master’s License in 1962 and worked as a Virginia Pilot for 42 years. During that time, he held the role of vice president of the Virginia Pilot’s Association for two years, and for almost half of his career, he worked as a special pilot for aircraft carriers and the USS Wisconsin. He also served as a member of the Board of Branch Pilots of the Commonwealth of Virginia for 20 years.

    He says what he likes most about the ports of Virginia and the surrounding maritime businesses is “the way we share information and work together.”

    When we asked what advice he’d give to anyone just now starting their maritime career, he said:

    “Never tell someone you’ll have their cargo there tomorrow.
    Never tell an untruth. You are only as good as your word.
    Stay on your side of the channel.
    And keep a bright stern light.”

    In addition to the Propeller Club, Captain Watkins has also been a member of the following organizations:

    • Virginia Conference on World Trade (Past Chairman)
    • Portsmouth Museums Foundation (Past President)
    • Virginia Maritime Association (Board of Directors, 1989 to present)
    • Society of Maritime Industries
    • Portsmouth Port and Industrial Commission

    Throughout his career, he has received several awards, including:

    • Lifetime Membership Award for Outstanding Service to the Organization, Virginia Maritime Association (2019)
    • The Alli Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Cultural Life of Greater Hampton Roads, Cultural Alliance of Hampton Roads (2006)
    • The Eure Award for Outstanding Maritime Professionalism, The Propeller Club Port of Norfolk (2000)
    • Maritime Person of the Year, Hampton Roads Global Commerce Club (1999)
    • Professionalism in the Maritime Industry Award, Society of Maritime Industries (1998)

    Hear more stories and advice from Captain Watkins at one of our networking events! View our calendar and membership opportunities here: http://propellerclubnorfolk.org/events

  • 22 May 2019 8:00 AM | Anonymous

    On National Maritime Day, we honor the men and women who, throughout our history, have served with professionalism, dedication, and patriotism in the United States Merchant Marine.  We recognize these seafaring merchant mariners for helping to fuel our economy, maintain our sea power, and support our national security.

    Merchant mariners extend goodwill into all parts of the world, serving as a peaceful United States presence on international waterways.  Today, American mariners facilitate the import and export of billions of dollars of goods, including fuel, agricultural products, and raw materials through the Marine Transportation System.  They are also among the first to respond to help their fellow citizens in the wake of national disasters.

    During times of war, merchant mariners courageously sail into combat zones to provide sealift for the Department of Defense, carrying weapons and supplies to America’s fighting forces.  In every conflict, United States citizen mariners have answered the call to duty and risked their lives.  Some have sadly made the ultimate sacrifice for their country.

    Because the United States Merchant Marine plays a central role in bringing American goods to market and in bolstering our military readiness abroad, we must encourage more people to pursue career opportunities on America’s waterways and the oceans of the world.  For this reason, I recently signed an Executive Order to help veterans of the Armed Forces transition seamlessly into civilian careers in the United States Merchant Marine by allowing them to apply relevant military training and experience toward becoming credentialed merchant mariners.  This will help support a robust, well-equipped, and safe merchant fleet crewed by well-trained mariners.

    The Congress, by a joint resolution approved May 20, 1933, has designated May 22 of each year as “National Maritime Day” to commemorate the first transoceanic voyage by a steamship in 1819 by the S.S. Savannah.  By this resolution, the Congress has authorized and requested the President to issue annually a proclamation calling for its appropriate observance.

    NOW, THEREFORE, I, DONALD J. TRUMP, President of the United States of America, do hereby proclaim May 22, 2019, as National Maritime Day.  I call upon the people of the United States to mark this observance and to display the flag of the United States at their homes and in their communities.  I also request that all ships sailing under the American flag dress ship on that day.

    IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this twentieth day of May, in the year of our Lord two thousand nineteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and forty-third.


  • 01 May 2019 8:00 AM | Anonymous

    Paul Davis - The Port of Virginia

    Trey Dudley - First Financial Group

    Christopher Ford -  Colonna's Shipyard

    Jimi Olson - Colonna's Shipyard  

    Karter Rivera - Carter Machinery 

    Fernando Rodriguez - TMX Intermodal Virginia 

    Peter Hansen - Capes Shipping Agencies 

    John Shaw - Colonna's Shipyard

    Emily Studebaker - Colonna's Shipyard

    Ian Whelan - Colonna's Shipyard 

    Welcome to the Club!

  • 01 Apr 2019 8:00 AM | Anonymous

    Lee Ayers of Anixter 

    Bob Bodvake of Fairlead International

    Jonathan Butterfield of Siemens

    C Carmell of McCallister  

    G Gravely of Vulcan Marine

    Piper Sutton of Coastal Services

    Ashley Whited of Core Assurance

    Welcome to the Club!

  • 05 Feb 2019 9:00 AM | Anonymous

    Kenneth Hendrix of DLX 

    Gene Thelin of JAG Industrial Services Inc.

    Terri Young of I&O Medical Center 

    John Rachels of JR Research Inc. 

    Thomas Mollison of Livingston International

    Carter Law, Student at Old Dominion University 

    Thresa Joyce of Union Bank & Trust

    Welcome to the Club!

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  • 24 Jan 2019 9:00 AM | Anonymous


    Every day over 100,000 U.S. Coast Guard, Customs & Border Protection, Department of Agriculture, National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and Maritime Administration personnel go to work in support of our national maritime industry.  Under the partial government shutdown each of these agencies is presently unfunded.

    In response, The Propeller Club, Port of Norfolk is donating $5,000 to the U.S. Coast Guard Mutual Assurance Fund and we encourage our members and community to take similar actions.

    Coast Guard Mutual Assistance:  http://www.cgmahq.org/shutDown/donors.html

    You may select to make a donation in honor of the personnel of U.S. Coast Guard’s Fifth District or Sector Hampton Roads.

    Thank you for your consideration of supporting these members of our maritime and trade community.

  • 08 Jan 2019 1:27 PM | Anonymous

    Welcome to our Newest Propeller Club Members!

    Mike Barkan of Barkan Enterprises

    Stacey Braithwaite of Rose & Womble Realty

    Gil Gonzalez of the U.S. Coast Guard

    Garrett Holden of DLS

    Nate Morgan of Corman Kokosing Construction

    Carl Redding of ZIM Integrated Shipping

    Pete Rushin of ILA Local 970

  • 03 Jan 2018 12:20 PM | Deleted user

    Timothy Bertrand of Great Lakes Power 

    Shelly Hanna of The Primm Company

    Jeanne Noonan of Ventker Henderson, 

    Jennifer Palestrant of The SMART Center 

    Sam Rapoport of S.L. Nusbaum Realty Co.

    John Adams of Marcom Services

    Ryan Agnew of Surge Force

    Drew Aladj of Towne Insurance

    Tony Anzano of OOCL Logistics (USA), Inc.

    Derek Boyles of Fairlead Boatworks

    Thomas Clemens of Wells Fargo Bank

    Belinda Coker of C & B Technology

    Mike Hlinovsky of FAIRLEAD BOATWORKS

    Frank Massa of Chicago Extruded Metals

    Murry Oakley of Team Industrial Services

    Steve Schoonover of Fairlead Boatworks

    Jason Strickland of World Distribution Services

    Welcome to the Club!

  • 15 Oct 2017 9:15 PM | Deleted user

    A special welcome goes out to our newest Propeller Club Members:
    Jenny Dixon of International Paper
    Christian Gonzales of Lionfish Logistics
    Ed Goodin of Fairlead Precision Manufacturing & Integration
    Christa Johnstonbaugh of Vane Brothers Marine Safety
    Amy Thompson of FINAO Coastal Group

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