The two vessels have been out of service since the Solan lost power and was struck by the shuttle tanker Loch Rannoch before Christmas. An inquiry has been carried out into the incident but its findings have not as yet emerged into the public domain.
Councillor Jonathan Wills told the environment and transport committee he had heard that the tugs, which together cost £14 million, were having to be partly rebuilt to alter their underwater profile. He said there were two things he wanted to know: what the inquiry said and, if a partial rebuild was necessary, who would be paying for it.
He demanded to know “this week please, in confidence if necessary”, and added that he intended to find out. He said: “Why we haven’t been told is a mystery to me.”
Chairman of the meeting Allan Wishart said there had been an “information vacuum” about the subject and executive manager Phil Crossland told Dr Wills he was happy to provide an update. A report will be given to the harbour board later this month, Mr Crossland said.