On February 8, the fishing vessel Sea Puppy caught fire off St. Catherines Island, Georgia. The Coast Guard was alerted by the crew the vessel was on fire and sinking. The Coast Guard dispatched a helicopter from Savannah along with an 29 foot response boat from Tybee Island. The helicopter arrived on scene and hoisted all three crew off the Sea Puppy safely. No reports of injuries.
The 262 meter long, 51738 dwt container ship UASC Khor Fakkan ran aground on the Savannah River near Elba Island, Georgia. Three tugs were dispatched and were able to refloat the Khor Fakkan later the same day. The vessel proceeded under its own power to the Garden City Terminal. No reports of injuries, damage or pollution being released.
The 60 meter long, 1500 dwt tender vessel Midia 24 went aground in the Black Sea off Pitsunda, Georgia. The small vessel had been at anchor when rough weather caused the anchor to drag allowing the Midia 24 to go ashore. The Midia 24 suffered hull damage allowing water ingress into the hold. There was no cargo on board. All five crewmen on board were safely rescued and no reports of injuries. There is some concern about pollution coming from a possible fuel leak. The Midia 24 has been involved hauling sand-gravel to Sochi as part of the Olympic Games construction.