Mr. Gatz is a native of Long Island, NY and grew up on the water, with a passion for fishing and a deep respect for the fishing industry. After earning a BA in Geology & Geography from the SUNY at Buffalo and working in the Sonoran Desert for a number of years, he decided to return to his roots and earn a BS degree in Mechanical Engineering with a Naval Architecture option from the University of British Columbia. He has acquired his professional engineer’s license in Naval Architecture in the States of Washington and Oregon. His focus for the past twelve years has been engineering support for the fishing and working vessel fleets homeported in Seattle. During his developing professional career, Mr. Gatz contributed to numerous projects ranging from conversion of a research vessel to a factory trawler, SOLAS certification of engineered systems for a long-haul ocean tug, hull form optimization for a high speed submarine support vessel, and mechanical systems design for a NYC sludge tanker, to numerous stability tests and assessments of fishing, tug, passenger, and cargo vessels. In addition to structural assessment, Mr. Gatz’s true interest lies in increasing the efficiency of systems, including mechanical operations such as the typical pump and exhaust systems, and specific analysis of hull, power, and equipment interactions to achieve the most efficient speed possible. Additionally, Mr. Gatz has contributed to projects involving outboard profiles, general arrangements, hull structure, propulsion shafting systems, deck machinery installations, fi-fi systems with foaming ability, firemain systems, fuel oil, lube oil piping systems, sprinkler systems, exhaust systems, stability analysis, control, alarm and monitoring systems, design specifications, and regulatory consulting.