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.


Corporate Lunch at RYBC on 27 Feb 2020

Indian Maritime Foundation hosted a Corporate Lunch at Royal Bombay Yacht Club (RBYC) on 27 Feb 2020. The purpose of the event was to thank the sponsors and supporters of IMF. The event was graced by Mr Amitabh Kumar (IRS) Director General of Shipping , and Vice Admiral RB Pandit, AVSM, YSM, NM, Chief of Staff, Western Naval Command. The guests comprised senior executives of shipping companies. Ship management companies, and representatives of IRS, Siemens and other marine related organizations. On this occasion Cmde Rajan Vir, Founder President of IMF and now President Emeritu , was felicitated for his contribution to the various aspects of the maritime world and fostering cooperation among the diverse maritime interests. To commemorate the occasion Cmde Vir was presented a plaque by Mr Amitabh Kumar and VAdm RB Pandit.
Change of Command at IMF

On 7th January 2020 Cmde Rajan Vir, Founder President of IMF handed over the reins of the IMF to Capt Anand Dixit in the presence of IMF Trustees. Present the occasion were Cdr Sati Taneja, Capt Anand Dixit, Cmde R Vir, Capt Ravi Hajarnavis, Cmde Ajay Chitnis and Mrs Naina Delvis.
IMF’s 25th Anniversary of Founding

On 14th January 2019, The Indian Maritime Foundation celebrated the 25th Anniversary of its founding at the Central Park Hotel in Pune. It was indeed a memorable occasion and was celebrated with due pomp and style. Adm Arun Prakash, former Chief of Naval Staff and a longstanding friend of the IMF was the Chief Guest. Cmde R Vir, President IMF. Cmde Vir welcomed the Chief Guest and the others present, and then went on recall the 25-year long journey of the IMF. He dwelt at length upon the various activities taken up by the IMF in the pursuance of its goal. After Cmde Vir’s welcome address, the Chief Guest Adm Arun Prakash was invited to deliver his talk, the subject of which was ‘The Dynamic Indo-Pacific Scenario and India’s Role in Maintaining Stability’. He handled the complex subject with consummate ease and held the audience spell bound throughout his talk. The event culminated with cocktails, cutting of the anniversary cake and a grand dinner.


IMF’s sister organization, The Society of Indian Marine Artists (SIMA), organized its Annual Art Exhibition of Seascapes based at Balgandharva Kala Dalan, Jangli Maharaj Road, Pune from Tuesday, the 12th to the 14th of March, 2019. The theme was “Life on a Seashore and Ships in the Sea” and included India’s Coastal Heritage- Seashores, Ships, Forts, Temples, Monuments, Fishing Villages etc. Mr.Ashwini Malhotra, Managing Director, Weikfield Foods Pvt. Ltd. Was the Chief Guest at the inauguration ceremony. The exhibition included beautiful paintings made in Oils, Acrylics, Water colours & Pencil on Paper by Shailesh Sonawane, Hina Bhatt, Hoshnar Kaikobad, Nandkishore Dhadnekar, Prateek Tandon & many others. School children’s artworks and seascape photography was also on display & sale. The event received good response from the public and wide publicity in the media.


International Coastal Cleanup is a major event organized by the IMF as a part of its commitment to the protection of the oceans and the global environment. IMF organizes cleanup of beaches and river banks in several parts of India. School and college students as well volunteers from all walks of the society take active part in the cleanup. On 17th March 2019 a Valedictory function was held at the Royal Connought Boat Club in Pune to acknowledge and applaud the good work done by these volunteers in India North and in Pune. The Chief Guest was Vice Admiral Ravi Kalra, Director and Commandant of the Armed Forces Medical College and an eminent cardiologist and the Guest of Honour was Mr Ravi Kapoor, President of the Rotary Club-Pune Central. Among the other important guests were Mr Giri Sakhrani and Cdr Phogat, both patrons of the ICC. Cmde Pavan Malhotra, Director of ICC India North organized and conducted the event. The representatives of various groups who participated in the cleanup were felicitated. The valuable contribution of Cmde Pavan Malhotra and Mr Yezdi Batliwala is appreciated.

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