Institute of Maritime Affairs(IMA) was approved under the aegis of Bahria University, through the Directive of the Prime Minister of Pakistan in 2006.
On 13 January 2007, National Centre for Maritime Policy Research (NCMPR) was established at Bahria University Karachi under the direction of Government of Pakistan to act as Pakistan’s premier think tank on maritime affairs in order to recommend research based policy guidelines on the maritime sector of Pakistan.
The centre did an excellent job by fulfilling its objectives through research based activities in the form of research papers, publications as conducting conferences, seminars and maritime discourses to create public awareness on the maritime domain.
Apart from research based activities, its focus also remained on conducting education on maritime disciplines like MBA Maritime, PGD in Port Operations, and certificate courses on different maritime related subjects.
The scope of NCMPR was further expanded by establishing National Institute of Maritime Affairs (NIMA) as national body, in 2017 based at Islamabad with NIMA Karachi as its constituent unit.
In 2018, NHQ upgraded NCMPR to National Institute of Maritime Affairs (NIMA). It enhanced its mandate in order to jump-start the maritime sector and created two centers of NIMA, i.e. NIMA (Karachi) and NIMA (Islamabad).
In parallel, NHQ established Maritime Centre of Excellence (MCE) comprising NIMA and PN War College (PNWC) at Lahore. This initiative was intended to synergize theefforts of maritime research by PNWC and NIMA.