Cohen brothers named area’s
2008 Maritime Persons of Year

PROVIDENCE – The local chapter of The Propeller Club of the United States today announced the winners of its 2008 Maritime Person of the Year Award and Education Fund Scholarships. More

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Cohen brothers named area’s
2008 Maritime Persons of Year

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PROMET MARINE’s co-owners – VP Joel H. Cohen and President David A. Cohen, shown in their offices off Allens Avenue – will receive the Port of Narragansett Bay chapter’s 2008 Maritime Person of the Year Award.
Posted 5/1/08

PROVIDENCE – The local chapter of The Propeller Club of the United States today announced the winners of its 2008 Maritime Person of the Year Award and Education Fund Scholarships.

The Propeller Club, Port of Narragansett Bay, will bestow its Maritime Person of the Year honors upon Promet Marine Services Corp. co-owners David A. Cohen, the company’s founding president, and Joel H. Cohen, its vice president, secretary and treasurer. Both brothers are longtime members of the Propeller Club.

The Cohens have operated their commercial ship repair yard for more than 30 years. (The company’s 2004 purchase of its current site, on Allens Avenue, was recently upheld by the R.I. Supreme Court. READ MORE.)

“Over the past year, they have been instrumental in the formation of the Providence Working Waterfront Alliance (READ MORE), which has worked tirelessly to educate state and local officials about the economic importance of the Port of Providence and to protect the area from incompatible mixed uses,” the club noted.

They will be honored for their many years of participation and support of the club, the maritime industry and the area, the club said.

The Propeller Club’s Education Fund Scholarships for 2008 will go to Christopher Duarte of the Mass. Maritime Academy; Brian Eisenhower, a student of admiralty and maritime law at the Roger Williams School of Law; and Tiffany Smythe, a Ph.D. candidate in marine affairs at the University of Rhode Island.

The winners will be honored at the club’s 2008 awards dinner, slated for Monday, May 19, at the Hotel Providence, 311 Westminster St. The event will begin with a reception at 5:30 p.m.

The Propeller Club of the United States’ Port of Narragansett Bay chapter – originally chartered in 1934 as the Propeller Club of Providence – has about 100 members from the local maritime industry, including barge and towboat operators, pilots, shipyard and terminal operators, marine surveyors and lawyers, shipping agents and environmental cleanup specialists. For more information, visit www.PropClubNB.org.

To learn more about Promet Marine Services Corp. and its management, visit www.PrometMarineServices.com. For more information about the Providence Working Waterfront Alliance, visit www.ProvidenceWorkingWaterfront.org.

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