The Propeller Club was formed in Manila in 1971 and the founding members were mostly connected with the U.S liner companies. Today we have over 100 members from all sectors of the local shipping scene and from companies supporting the maritime industry. We hold luncheon meetings on the third or fourth Wednesday of each month at which members can network together and listen to a guest speaker.
We embarked on the Scholarship Programme back in 1990 sponsoring young men from disadvantaged families at Don Bosco Technical Institute Makati where they were enrolled in a Ship Mechanic Course. At the beginning of the millennium there were 10 students graduating from the Programme annually but the extent of training was just limited to Don Bosco as this was all the Club could afford at that time.
The Programme received a tremendous boost in 2005 when we secured funding from the Australian Government (AUSAID) through the Salvation Army Development Office, Australia which enabled us to greatly enhance the programme. In addition to the Ship Mechanic Course, the extra funding from AUSAID allowed the Club to set up supplementary training models and procedures so that the graduates from the Programme are the “finished article” and ready for employment on ocean-going ships. AUSAID sponsored the first three batches of the expanded Programme and subsequent main sponsors have been TK Foundation, Swire Pacific Offshore, Mideast Shipmanagement, Wallem Shipmanagement, Grieg Shipping and International Maritime Training Trust and Sailors' Society. Up to now there have been more than 314 graduates of the Scholarship Programme with an additional 57 under training and another 26 commencing in April/May.