Club News & Events

18 November 2021 - Shipping Decarbonization, a brief overview by Trifon Tsentides

After a long period of forced inactivity due to the health emergency, the Propeller Club of Lugano is back in business for its Members and Guests.

The new series of events that will characterize the activity of the Club in the next months kicked off on the 18.11.2021, with the second General Members Meeting, followed by a very interesting lecture held by Trifon Tsentides from Ifchor, who together with Nicolas Girod from ClearBlue Markets, gave an overview of the current developments in Shipping Decarbonisation.

Trifon brilliantly reported the real and current need for meaningful and decisive cooperation at all levels in order for Shipping to achieve its goals of reducing carbon emissions and together with Nicolas Girod, explained what is involved in implementing projects suitable to the scope and the related economic implications.

The last part of the event was left to members and guests to socialize in the warm and elegant atmosphere offered by the Salone del Camino at Grand Hotel Villa Castagnola, venue chosen for the event.

Stay tuned for updates on upcoming events.

18 November 2021 - 2nd General Meeting of the Propeller Club Lugano

This General Meeting was due from sometime: initially fixed for December 2019 was then postponed to April 2020; the number of restrictions imposed by the authorities in connection with Covid 19, prevented us to meet in 2020 and for most of 2021. Finally we manage to reconnect on the 18th November 2021.

The General Meeting endorsed all the activities carried out by the Board that run the Club up to the GM date and that will do up to the 31st December 2021.

Paola Cuzzilla, Marco Passalia and Edoardo Tassinari resigned as members of the Board; the will continue to support our Chapter as founding members.

Leonardo Bussi candidated to join the Board as from the 1st January 2022. The GM with unanimous consent voted the Board that will run the association for the incoming 2022 and 2023, as follows:

Michel'Angelo Piccinini (President)

Giovanni Marchelli

Paola Bazzana

Giandomenico Dormio

Gabriella Reccia

Thomas Schwenke

Leonardo Bussi.

Finally, the dates for the events to be held in 2022 has been anticipated as follows:

Thu 03 Feb Speech + Social Drinks from 7.00 p.m.

Thu 07 Apr Speech + Social Drinks from 7.00 p.m.

Thu 09 Jun Summer Cocktail Party from 7.30 p.m.

Thu 08 Sep Speech + Social Drinks from 7.00 p.m.

Thu 06 Oct Speech + Social Drinks from 7.00 p.m.

Thu 24 Nov Annual GM | PreXmas Rec. from 6.00 p.m

Stay tuned for updates on upcoming events and make a note on you diaries !

16 January 2020 - Delivery of the Charter of the Propeller Club Lugano

Great privilege to make the acquaintance and meeting with Philippe de Gauw and Michel Derrouazi (respectively, the International Second Vice President and the Western European Region – Regional Vice President), visiting our Propeller Club Lugano and handing us the Propeller charter, banner and pins.

Thank you again Philippe and Michel and very sorry that – due to current crisis -you will not make it to join us in March for our first 2020 event.

(Pictured: Philippe, Michel’Angelo, Michel).

12 December 2012 - The Propeller Christmas Dinner Party

The 12 December we had our first Propeller Club Lugano Xmas Dinner Party. The dinner for the first time was seated (as opposed to standing) and catered by Artè Restaurant; good quality wine was provided by the Club cantine.

About 20 people (members and guests) attended from Lugano, Genova, Zug and St. Petersburg.

Drinks kicked off at 19.30 and the evening closed at about 1 a.m.

It was important for the Club to celebrate its first Xmas Dinner. This event is – together with the Summer Cocktail Party – one of the two purely social events organized this year and to be repeated in the years to come.

We want these two parties to become our traditional summer and end-of-the-year gatherings, designed to have fun and promote the Club in either the local and international community.

14 November 2019 - The Propeller was institutional partner of the 2019 Global Commodities Conference (GCC)

We must thank LCTA to give us the opportunity to play our part as institutional partner of the 2019 Global Commodities Conference (GCC) held at Lugano LAC on the 13-14 November.

As community focusing on shipping and trading, we had our President moderating the Shipping Panel Debate. IMO 2020 and China vs. U.S. Trade War were the main topics discussed. There was not much time available to discuss issues of such complexity but the good quality of the attending panelists helped to work out a very interesting session.

We look forward to keep developing our relationship with LCTA and wish to further contribute to the forthcoming editions of the GCC.

7 November 2019 - ELENI NASSOPOULOU: Shipping Finance: where are we ?

Where are we ?

Yesterday we were at Villa Castagnola and we had really good time.

35 people attended the presentation given by Eleni Nassopoulou on Shipping Finance. The rather technical cut given to the presentation, together with the ability of the speaker to interact with the attending public, made of this event our biggest success so far.

Special thanks go to the speaker that travelled on purpose from Monaco to see us, but also to all non resident members and guest that managed to join us from London, Milan, and Zug. Very nice to have with us some friends of the Propeller Club Monaco, that helped us from the very beginning to form the Lugano Chapter and endorsed our initiative with the U.S. headquarter.

Social drinks were rather well arranged by the very efficient personnel of Villa Castagnola, a location that we are planning to use again in the future.

Next is Christmas Party … stay tuned.

(Pictured: Edoardo Tassinari and Federico Farolfi Morelli)

18 July 2019 - The Propeller Summer Cocktail Party

On the 18 July 2019 we hosted our first Propeller Summer Cocktail Party. The event was hosted at the outside terrace garden of the Hotel Splendide Royal. Although the weather did not help much to emphasize the beauty and the colors of the lake during the summer period, we enjoyed social time with 25 between members and guests. Few members travelled from Italy and Belgium and I hope that they enjoyed the evening. Many attending guests showed interest in our new Club and we sincerely hope to welcome them in the near future as new members. Other guest joined us from Zurich, most of them members of the Zurich Shipping Network, an association we look forward to establish a productive cooperation in the near future.

Social time clicked well and the party went on till very late.

Special thanks go to SSY Simpson Spence Young (Zug and Geneva branches) and Piccinini & Partners for sponsoring the event.

28 June 2019 - The Propeller Lugano meet for the Genoa Shipping Week

Genoa and Lugano have a well established relationship since many years; this is why we have arranged a Propeller Lunch over the Genoa Shipping Week. This was held in Portofino on the 28 June 2019 at the local establishment of the eldest yacht club in Europe: the Yacht Club Italiano (founded 1878).

It was very warm … but worth the effort. This was our first happening outside the Swiss border; at the Portofino clubhouse of the YCI (Yacht Club Italiano) our members entertained – over a light lunch – few guests visiting Genoa for the Shipping week. 16 people in total attended; feedbacks received do encourage the repetition of the event.

8 May 2019 - Website Launch Reloaded, and Corner Bank presentation

On the 8th May we presented our new website propellerclublugano.ch and delivered the Propeller certificates to founders and new members; this was also the opportunity to host our first event.

We thank our member, Vittorio Cornaro, for entertaining members and guests illustrating the services made available by CORNER BANCA to the shipping and trading communities operating locally and internationally.

Social drinking after the presentation went on till late at the Metamorphosis Anfitheatre; 35 people attended, some of them travelling on purpose from Genoa, Zug, Antwerp and London.

28 February 2019 - Special Thanks to Monaco Propeller

On the 28 February 2019, our Propeller president attended the Propeller Club Monaco speech and dinner event on Ship Finance.

This was an opportunity for us to thank our Monaco friends for supporting the admission to the big network of the Propeller Clubs of the U.S.

21 February 2019 – First Board Meeting

This evening Coeclerici kindly hosted the first Board Meeting (BM). All Board members attended. Many thanks again to Giandomenico and Thomas who travelled on purpose respectively from Zug and Hamburg.

After ratification in charge of the current president, vice-president and secretary, the Board officially opened the membership campaign; applicants supported by two existing members can now submit their application to join the Propeller Club Lugano.

Membership fees will become due on the 1st January and shall be settled by the 31 March 19 of the relevant association year, upon receipt of a Non-Tax Invoice by the Club.

The Board has further resolved to organize 7 clubs events between March 19 and the end of the current year.

6 February 2019 - The Founders had their first General Meeting

This evening the Propeller Club Lugano had its first General Meeting that was chaired by the current president. 21 members (out of 27) were attending, including three travelling on purpose from London, Hamburg and Zug.

The president made official the admission of the association to the International Propeller Clubs of the U.S. that formally communicated its endorsement on the past 19 November 2018. The association is now up and running under the name of “Propeller Club – Port of Lugano”.

In accordance to the determinations taken upon the set-up of the association, the existing board members presented the list of candidates willing to enter the board to support the Propeller Club Lugano. The 6 candidates have been elected with unanimous consent and have now joined the board.

The General Meeting was closed at 8.00 p.m. and a picture was taken to eternalize the momentum. Members and few selected guests then joined the Havana Deck Bar for the drinks and social session scheduled to last at 10.00 p.m. but reaching the remarkable hour of 1.00 a.m. (i.e.: when members have been gently invited to leave the Bar).