Gary  Teear

  • Director, Offshore & Coastal Engineering Ltd.
  • BE (Hons) (Civil), MCom (Hons), University of Canterbury
  • Chartered Professional Engineer 34736
  • Professional Engineer (Int)
  • Member IPENZ

Diver Training

  • Basic air diving course RNZN Auckland 1974
  • Mixed gas and saturation diving course UTC Fort William Scotland 1979


  • RNZE demolition instructor 1973
  • Construction blaster, AH, CSL Department of Labour from 1976 – current

Gary Teear has a wide range of experience both within New Zealand and internationally in subsea, pipeline, coastal port and offshore engineering. His fields of special competence encompass subsea, pipeline, coastal, port and offshore engineering. Commercial diving and explosives work. Marine structures and soil mechanics, piling, project management, sediment movement and dredging. Floating structures, vessel motion, Derivation of environmental loads, wind, wave and current on marine structures. Marine anchor design, screw and high holding power. Mooring analysis using ORCAFLEX. Aquaculture structures subsea sampling and mining.

Gary started work as an engineer for the Lyttelton Harbour Board (LHB) in 1971 following National Service with the NZ Army. The association with the port of Lyttelton has continued for over 40 years through to present day with the Lyttelton Port Company, the successor to the LHB. After working for Morris and Wilson one of the OCEL predecessor firms from 1976-1977 he went overseas and worked for COMEX (now Subsea 7) as an employee for 12.5 years as an Engineering Manager, Project Manager, Project Engineer for COMEX group companies in SE Asia, Middle East, North Sea, Gulf of Mexico and Australia. On returning to New Zealand to live at the end of 1989 he rejoined the OCEL predecessor company R W Morris and Associates. Following the death of Bob Morris the company was reformed as OCEL in 1992.

Gary continued to do international assignments for COMEX, then Stolt COMEX, Stolt Offshore, now Subsea 7 on projects in Norway, UK, France, Argentina, Indonesia and Canada up to 2011.

OCEL works primarily in New Zealand but is currently (2019) working on projects in Australia and Papua New Guinea.