The Indian Maritime Foundation (IMF) was established in December 1993 by a group of officers who have served in the Indian Navy, the Indian Merchant Marine and other professions. They have dedication and a high sense of commitment to this cause of public service they have embarked upon.

The IMF is a non profit organization, registered in Pune as a charitable trust. It has branches in Delhi, Mumbai and Chennai.

 
Indian Maritime Foundation 23rd Anniversary

We celebrated the 23rd Anniversary at the Central Park Hotel in Pune, with Vice Admiral Girish Luthra, AVSM, VSM, ADC, the Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Western Naval Command as the Chief Guest and delivering the Anniversary Lecture. Admiral Luthra exemplifies the 'Scholar-Sailor' concept, with a brilliant career record right from his days as a Cadet, through various operational, staff and training assignments, to important and decision making Flag appointments; he has been the CinC of the Southern Naval Command prior to his current role as the Commander in Chief of the Sword Arm of the Navy. The title of his talk was, "Indian Navy : Strengthening Maritime Security and Stability", which turned out to be a brilliant expose` on the current geostrategic scenario and changing geopolitical equations.
Wreath Laying Ceremony at Pune - 31st January 2017

Council Members of the Indian Maritime Foundation (IMF), assembled at the Seafarers Memorial at 8.45 am on the 31st of January for the annual Wreath Laying Ceremony. The Memorial, the first of its kind in Pune, was cocieved by the Founder President of IMF, Cmde Rajan Vir. It was inaugurated in 1998 by Admiral Arun Prakash, then the Commandant of the NDA. The Seafarers Memorial is dedicated to all Seafarers - Indian Navy,, Merchant Marine, Fishermen and all others who go out to sea for their livelihood, who have made the supreme sacrifice at sea, The Cereny began with reading of the Naval Prayers by Cmde Rajan Vir. This was followed by laying the Wreath at the Memorial. The Wreath was carried by Capt Ravi Hazarnavis, Senior Vice President and Cmde Ajay Chitnis, Vice President Mumbai Branch.
SIMA’s Annual Exhibition – 2017
By Cmde R Vir


The Society of Indian Marine Artists (SIMA) , held its annual exhibition of seascapes at Balgandharva Kala Dalan at Pune for three days from 8ht Feb to 10th Feb. Mr Atul Khanna , a well known Industrialist of Pune, inaugurated the Exhibition as the chief guest . 52 seascapes, painted by 23 members of SIMA, were on display. Commodore Rajan Vir, President of SIMA, in his welcome address he spoke about the genesis of SIMA, it was set up in 2002 under the aegis of IMF to kindle and encourage interest in marine art among our painters, in keeping with our overall aim of raising awareness about the oceans in our people and to try to make them sea-minded, a major maritime sub- continental nation that India is.
Joint Seminar at Mumbai

The series of joint maritime seminar began with the theme “Fostering Co-operation between Sea Faring Communities”. The Joint Maritime Seminar – 2017 was held on the 04 May 2017 at the Asvini Auditorium, Mumbai. The Maritime Warfare Centre (MWC (Mbi)) at Mumbai under the Western Naval Command took the responsibility of hosting the event on behalf of the IN, with support from IMF, Pune and NI (India), west. The half day seminar was meticulously planned and conducted with professional touch and élan. The topics were carefully chosen to comprehensively address the aspects of operations, regulations, safety at sea, environment and more. The speakers exuded expertise and experience and represented organizations that manage varied aspects of the maritime domain relevant to the seafaring community. Chief Guest VAdm AK Saxena, Seminar Speakers and Moderators, IMF President and Maritime Warfare Center Officers. 4th from left is Director General of Shipping, Mrs Malini Shankar
Coastal Clean-up at NDA

To commemorate World Environment Day, the Naval Training Team of NDA organised a Coastal Cleanship Drive on 05 Jun 17. All participants of 3rd NDA IEC and Officers, sailors and civilian staff & their families from NDA cleaned the areas like Chowpatty, west bank of Mutha river and Khadakwasla dam & it’s adjoining areas. Rear Admiral SK Grewal, VSM, Deputy Commandant and Chief Instructor NDA also participated in this cleanship drive. Three truckloads of garbage (approximately 3 Ton) was collected and disposed off during the drive. Air Marshal Jasjit Singh Kler, AVSM, VM Commandant National Defence Academy graced the Prize Distribution Ceremony of the event as chief guest on 06 Jun 17 and gave away the certificates, medals and trophies to the participants.
Lecture By Admiral Pradeep Chauhan

Abstract of lecture Three of the Series MARITIME SECURITY AND YOU - Part 3 : DEALING WITH CHINA The Presentation of Part Three of the ongoing series would focus upon China and cover the following:- Chinas Maritime imperatives and her Contemporary Geopolitical ( geo-economic and geostrategic) Moves in the East China Sea, The South China Sea and the Indian Ocean. The Impact upon China (and India) of the Possible Opening of the Northern Sea Route. Maritime Dimensions of Chinas Current Military Strategy. A Viable Maritime Strategy for India in dealing with China in times of Peace and Conflict ( including collusive and / or collaborative actions with Pakistan). And Time Permitting Mitigating Energy Strategies for India : The Role of the Oceans. (This Lecture is sponsored by Lt Col and Mrs Jagdish Kumar)
Felicitation of ICC's partcipants

A valedictory function to felicitate the participants of Coastal Clean-up during 2016 was held at the Boat Club in Pune on 11 May17 at 5.00 pm. Cmde PK Malhotra began the proceedings and requested the President ICC (India) Cmde Rajan Vir to address the gathering. Cmde Vir welcomed all guests on behalf of the IMF and Rotary Club of Pune. He announced that the Rolling Trophy has been generously sponsored by Cdr Phogat in memory of his father. He thanked Cdr Phogat for the kind gesture. The distinguished guests present were Sh. Prashant Deshmukh, District Governor of Rotary Club, Sh.i Sanjeev Kumar of Rotary Club Pune Central, donors Sh. Giri Sakhrani & Cdr Phogat . Also present were Ms Vipra Kale teacher from BCM Arya Public School Ludhiana, teachers, cadets and students from Sea Cadet Corps and Anjuman Islam High School. All guests were welcomed by presenting bouquet each on behalf of IMF.
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