Captain Merrill was reportedly relieved of his command following an investigation into an incident that took place on June 21, when the submarine struck a channel buoy
during an inbound transit to Mina Salman port.
The award is to determine the contractor for the supply of 1 (one) specialized seagoing cutter equipped for monitoring and maintenance of aids to navigation insurance - marine and channel buoys
and Prommer activity in the water areas of public ports and channels provided with the appropriate foundation (well) to attach the echo sounder and the accompanying equipment and aft working deck.
Vital will be used for general purpose work such as laying channel buoys
, taking stores to tankers and possibly assisting construction of the new Liverpool Two in-river container berth.