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150 Delegates at La Baule for the 90th Propeller Club Convention

Propeller ClubThe annual gathering of the Propeller Club took place in La Baule, from 19th to 21st October. Orchestrated this year by the Nantes − Saint Nazaire Propeller Club, the event was attended by 150 members from around the world, including a sizeable delegation from the USA, who all came along to discuss and share their views on industrial, maritime and port-related developments.

Worldwide, the Propeller Club joins together over 8 000 members and 80 ports, including the Port of Nantes − Saint Nazaire. Established in New York in 1927, this economic organization is a true institution in the maritime and port world. Its role is to promote the different sectors of the maritime, para-maritime and port industries. For just the third time in its history, the annual convention was held in Europe. And the Nantes − Saint Nazaire Propeller Club* was given the task of organizing the event.
Over the course of three days, there was a succession of conferences and panel discussions on a variety of topics, including the cruise liner of the future, the new technologies helping to develop the port of tomorrow, the development of the marine renewable energy (MRE) sector and Europe/USA political and economic relations.

For the delegates, this 90th Convention represented the opportunity to discover Nantes − Saint Nazaire, its tourism potential and one area of its industrial and maritime dynamism. They were thereby able to visit the STX shipyard and the terminals of the Port of Nantes − Saint Nazaire. They were also offered a presentation of the Port Authority at Nantes − Saint Nazaire Port’s headquarters, via the "Nantes − Saint Nazaire Port Shapes the Future" exhibition, before discovering the Loire Pilots Association simulator.

* There are 15 Propeller Clubs in France, including the Nantes − Saint Nazaire Propeller Club. Founded in 1984, the latter has a 50-strong membership. It is chaired by Michel Samzun, from the Loire Pilots.

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