Netherlands Maritime Technology has been awarded the first Post academic certification for three modules of their course on Marine Propulsion. The Pamas certification is the first Dutch certification for technical, maritime academic trainings. This certification is an official recognition for the high quality of the NMT Marine Propulsion course. Participants who pass the exam of this course receive an official certificate that proofs that they have acquired in-depth knowledge required for the design of these systems.

Pamas certification

The Pamas certification is a new certification by and from the maritime industry and knowledge centres for maritime, technical courses on academic level. The goal of Pamas is to stimulate and facilitate a program of technical, maritime academic professional trainings that are of recognised high quality. Participants who successful complete these trainings receive an official recognition by the maritime industry of the expertise gathered and developed. For more information on the Pamas certification click here.

Marine Propulsion course: modules 1, 3 and 5

The Pamas certification applies for participants that take modules 1, 3 and 5 of the Marine Propulsion course together, or have taken these modules in past years. The first module ‘Propulsion Plant Concepts and Basic Ship Hydrodynamics’ lays down the basics of marine propulsion system design and discusses alternative propulsion plant concepts, ship resistance and the main characteristics of the different propellers. The third module ‘Diesel Engines and Gas Turbines’ deals with the physical principles to derive machinery characteristics as well as thermodynamics processes within these engines. The last module, module 5 ‘Matching Propulsion Engine and Propulsor’, combines the theory of the first modules to discuss the basic matching problem and concepts such as sea margin, engine margin, and light running margin are introduced.

The Marine Propulsion training series is developed together with Delft University of Technology and is taught by professor Stapersma and assistant professor De Vos of the faculty Mechanical, Maritime and Materials Engineering.

How does Pamas certification for Marine Propulsion course works?

Participants that pursue the Pamas certification (Pamas participants) will receive extra assignments to practice the theory explained during the three modules. These assignments will need to be worked out before and after the three modules. Between the modules and final exam the Pamas participants can get personal guidance from the teachers, either via e-mail, phone or skype (Pamas participants may also make an appointment at the TU Delft with one of the teachers). This will prepare the Pamas participants for the final exam that takes place after the last module (date is yet to be determined). After the exam the Pamas participants are invited to discuss their results with the teachers. If a Pamas participant fails the exam, he has the right to retake the exam once.

The Pamas certification starts twice a year. Once simultaneously with the ‘regular’ modules, which take place from September till Deceer. It is also possible to the start the Pamas certification in April/May, e.g. for former participants of the three modules, who also want to obtain the Pamas certification.

Applying for Pamas certification Marine Propulsion course

Participants who wish to pursue the Pamas certification need to apply separately for the Pamas certification, via the subscribe button below. The teacher will schedule an Personal Learning Advice interview (via phone or skype) to assess the entry level of the Pamas participant. If the teacher gives a positive advice, then the participant is enrolled officially for the Pamas certification for the Marine Propulsion course. If not, then the participant is still able to take the ‘regular’ modules, but without the Pamas certificate. The teacher may advice the participant e.g. to first take the ‘regular’ modules and to pursue the Pamas certification after completing the three modules, starting in the spring of next year.

Entry level Pamas participants

First of all, the Pamas participants need to be enrolled for modules 1, 3 and 5 of the Marine Propulsion course, of have completed these modules in recent years. Next to that, the Pamas participants need to have a BSc or BEng in Naval Architecture, Marine Engineering, Marine Technology, Mechanical Engineering, or a related and relevant field. If not, the Pamas participant must have sufficient and relevant experience in these or related fields. This will be assessed by the teacher during the PLA interview.

Pamas certification for former participants of Marine Propulsion course

Participants that have completed modules 1, 3 and 5 of the Marine Propulsion course in recent can also apply for the Pamas certification. They do not need to follow the modules again but they will need to take the PLA interview, the extra assignments and final exam. Former participants are advised start the Pamas certification in April/May, for the Pamas certification in the fall is in principle reserved for the Pamas participants that take the three modules simultaneously.


Members NMT € 750,- for the Pamas certification
Non-members € 950,- for the Pamas certification

Includes all training materials, catering and lunches (excluding 21% VAT).

These fees include extra assignments, personal guidance by the teachers (approximately 3 hours), an exam, an evaluation of the exam and one retake of the exam (when necessary). When the PLA interview leads to a negative advice no costs will be charged.