In 1919, the port body is founded. The founding law is N. 1753 of 1919 “On the amendment of law 816 and the addition of relevant provisions”. The most important innovation in this law is Article 3, which provides for the establishment of the same body at each port, composed of staff of the Navy Directorate, for the inspection of such services, the Naval Maximum Fund, and the Port Authorities.
Article 3 of the Law is the official birth regime of the port body’s birth. The late Georgios Sakalis and Konstantinos Boukas were inspired by her. For this purpose, by decree, it authorized the transfer from the Navy to the port body of sixty-six (66) officers. Thus, the port body, five (05) months after its establishment, had already been established and organized, covering almost all the positions laid down by N. 1753. The transferred executives had a capable education and language skills, and were specialized in the subjects of merchant shipping from their service to the Department of Merchant Navy and the Port Authorities, and had solely undertaken the adventure of the transmission to a new body with the zeal of the pioneer and the affectionate affection for Greek merchant shipping, the administration of which would be their sole professional career.
Most of them, as the story has recorded, have been encouraged fiercely, amounted to the levels of the hierarchy and offered, at the end of their service, important work in the big case of our shipping.
Source: History of the Coast Body (1999) Union of Harbor Body Officers