Cdr (HCG) Diamantis Vasilakoudis
Maritime Attache to Cyprus
Hellenic Coast Guard
Commander of the Hellenic Coast Guard, Diamantis Vasilakoudis was born 1973 in Germany.
After his graduation from the High School in Germany he entered the Department of Urban and Regional
Development at Panteion University of Social and Political Sciences in Athens where he graduated in 1995.
In 1995 he joined the H.C.G. Academy as a Cadet Harbor Guard. In 1998 he joined the Naval Academy as a
Cadet Officer H.C.G. During all these years he has served to the Port Authorities and at the Headquarters of
Nowadays is a Maritime Attaché at the Greek Embassy in Cyprus.
"Port Security - International consciousness of the increasing need for enhancing Maritime Security"
The concern for security of port and port facilities should not lead to the establishment and the
implementation of multiple unproportionate and unjustified cost consuming measures, which may be
considered necessary but they don’t indeed serve any security purposes. Consequently the concern for the
port and port facilities security should be based on a realistic risk based analysis and reassessed periodically, in
order to achieve the best profit. It is also estimated that maritime security targets on maritime transport
require the finding of coordinated holistic solutions and not the implementation of monomer security
measures, which result to be inadequate (i.e security measures should be taken not only by ships but also by
port facilities in a global basis). This was the IMO concept when adopting the security measures. Our country
due to the large number of ports and as an international maritime force encourages and supports every
international initiative, which follow the aforementioned policy. The Hellenic Ministry of Mercantile Marine
through the Hellenic Coast Guard and especially the Division for the verification of Security of Ships and port
facilities (DEDAPLE) is tasked with the responsibility to follow up with the international activity on maritime
security issues to actively participate to national forums, to implement the relevant to security legislation in
ports and port facilities of its territory and also to monitor its effective implementation in order to prevent any