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.
The Board of Trustees, appointment by the Minister of Fisheries and Marine Resources, has the highest power and authority to act on behalf of the Institute. In addition, the Board of Trustees has the power to employ persons to carry out the objective of the Institute and constitute committees and to delegate to such management committees powers and functions as they deem necessary.