Welcome to IFAN

Welcome to the website of the only independent lighthouse authority in the world. The International Foundation for Aids to Navigation (IFAN) is a registered UK charitable company headquartered in London (UK), with an operating division based in the Middle East Gulf, the Middle East Navigation Aids Service (MENAS). IFAN’s objectives are the promotion of safety at sea and the promotion of the marine environment in the Middle East and worldwide by all charitable means including directly or indirectly by providing and maintaining navigation aids, safety systems and safety information; promoting the use of modern navigation techniques and procedures and other essential maritime skills; and protecting and improving all aspects of the marine environment.

IFAN fulfils its objectives through funding of activities worldwide. IFAN and MENAS’s history began in 1911 and we have come a long way since those early days of the Persian Gulf Lighting Service. Hopefully, you will see the current activities carried out by IFAN, and our branch, MENAS, and discover our unique place in the world of maritime navigation.

To find out more about IFAN’s funding eligibility criteria please download our guidelines document here.

Supporting the maritime community

IFAN fulfils its objectives by funding global activities related to the promotion of safety of life at sea and the protection of the marine environment. The support that IFAN provides to the global maritime community is centred around three main areas: Safety and Environment, MENAS activity and Capability Enhancement. A list of past and currently funded activities can be found here. IFAN is open to consider new activities to support the maritime community which are in line with its objectives. If you wish to submit a funding proposal, please use IFAN’s project proposal template which can be found here, and send the completed form to info@ifan-maritime.org. Alternatively, you can contact IFAN here.

Safety and Environment

Enhancing maritime safety and protecting the marine environment through the provision of international standard Aids to Navigation (AtoN) is the core to IFAN’s mission.



MENAS is IFAN’s operating branch in the Middle Eastern Gulf. The operation of 54 Aids to Navigation assets and marine safety information for the region are coordinated from MENAS’s base in Bahrain.


Capability Enhancement

Twinned with the provision of Aids to Navigation (AtoN) is the use, operation, and provision of capability enhancement through training and education. IFAN ensures that global standards are followed.


Latest News

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IFAN sells the OSV Relume

The International Foundation for Aids to Navigation (IFAN) is pleased to confirm the sale of its offshore support vessel (OSV), the OSV Relume. OSV Relume is a 66-berth International Maritime Organization (IMO) Class 2 Dynamic Positioning (DP2) vessel and Special Purpose Ship (SPS), equipped to support the latest marine survey technology. She has played an important …

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IFAN welcomes delegation from Qatar

On the 19th September, a delegation from Qatar, guided by His Excellency, Dr Saleh Fetais, Undersecretary for the Ministry of Transport Affairs, paid a visit to IFAN’s offices in London.  Guy Mason, IFAN’s Chairman, and Peter Stanley, IFAN’s CEO, had the opportunity to discuss a wide range of topics with the Qatari delegation, including the excellent …

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IFAN funding provides 10 Aids to Navigation in Vanuatu

Thanks to funding provided by IFAN, the Pacific Community (SPC) has handed over 10 Aids to Navigation (AtoN) as part of the Pacific Safety of Navigation Project in the port of Luganville, in Vanuatu, one of the country’s major shipping hubs. The AtoN include lit buoys and beacons, and lit special buoys that mark the …

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