About the Namibian Maritime and Fisheries Institute (Namfi)

About the Namibian Maritime and Fisheries Institute (Namfi)


The oldest profession in the world is to be a seafarer. To become a professional seafarer you can join the Namibian Maritime and Fisheries Institute for all your maritime training. This training is categorized in officers and crew. The officers are divided into two professions:

  • Deck officers, who navigate and command the ship and look after the cargo and,
  • Engineering officers, who keep the engines and machinery in running condition. Ratings support the deck and engineering tasks onboard.

If you are keen on following a career on sea or in related marine industries, then you have reached the right web site. The Namibian Maritime Fisheries Institute (NAMFI) is Namibia’s premier training institution for all seagoing personnel. This website contains information about our services, courses, departments, and safety training.

NAMFI Vision and Mission Statement
The vision of NAMFI is: “to be the maritime and fisheries training centre of choice in the SADC region”.

The mission statement is: “to meet the needs of all stakeholders by providing high quality maritime and fisheries training in accordance with international standards”.

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NAMFI was formally established in July 1996 by the Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources (MFMR) as a Trust. The primary responsibility of NAMFI is to provide maritime and fisheries training in order to enable students to take up qualified positions within the maritime and fisheries industries in Namibia and elsewhere. Thus building capacity in the field of maritime and fisheries sectors in and around Namibia.

The Namibian Maritime and Fisheries Institute (NAMFI) has three training departments: Navigation, Engineering and Safety. The training at NAMFI is in accordance with International Standards, for example, the International Maritime Organization (IMO).

The Republic of Namibia has acceded to the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watch-keeping for Seafarers (STCW-78/95) convention as amended. The STCW 78/95 had entered into force for Namibia on 24 April 2005 in accordance with the provisions of article X1V of the Convention.

The Directorate of Maritime Affairs (DMA) within the Ministry of Works and Transport is an IMO accredited authority. NAMFI is accredited by DMA and the training activities are in accordance with the STCW 78/95 convention as well the Namibian Merchant Shipping Act of 1951, particularly in the areas of education, training, and certification of Namibian seafarers.


Namibian Maritime & Fisheries Institute
1st Street East No 29
P.O Box 3228, Walvis Bay

Tel: +264 64 270 900    Fax: +264 64 203 112