Propeller Club to honor Sen. Cantwell for maritime support

(FAIRFAX, Va.) — The International Propeller Club of the United States will honor Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., chairwoman of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, at the group’s annual Salute to Congress event on June 13.

Cantwell has represented the state of Washington in the U.S. Senate since 2001 and is the first woman to serve as chair of the Commerce Committee.

Beginning in 1985, the International Propeller Club’s Salute to Congress award has been presented to legislators who have demonstrated a keen awareness of the importance of all segments of the maritime industry to the economic, homeland and national security of the United States.

Sen. Maria Cantwell will be honored at the Salute to Congress on June 13. Edward Kimmel photo

C. James Patti, international president of the International Propeller Club, stated that the decision to honor Cantwell is in recognition of her many years of leadership and advocacy on behalf of the maritime industry.

“During her time in the Senate, Sen. Cantwell has been a forceful and outspoken advocate for all segments of the maritime industry,” Patti said. “Throughout her career, she has played a key role in the enactment of numerous maritime legislative initiatives and has worked tirelessly to ensure that the programs and policies important to our industry, including the Jones Act, the Maritime Security Program, and the U.S.-flag cargo preference shipping requirements, are funded, implemented and enforced. Sen. Cantwell has been – and continues to be – a vigorous and persistent fighter on behalf of the maritime industry and has worked tirelessly on behalf of America’s maritime workforce to ensure that all those who work in our industry have a safe and respectful workplace environment.”

“In short,” according to Patti, “the maritime industry and America’s maritime workforce have no greater friend or stronger supporter in the Senate than Sen. Maria Cantwell.”

For additional details about the 2023 Salute to Congress, and information regarding tickets and sponsorship opportunities for this event, contact International Propeller Club Associate Executive Director Cheryl Rothbart at

– International Propeller Club

By Rich Miller