The 72 meter long ro-ro passenger ferry Driade caught fire near Ischia, Italy. The Driade had departed from Naples bound for Casamicciola when a fire broke out in the engine room disabling the vessel. The fire spewed out dense plumes of smoke making it difficult to contain. The Driade contacted authorities who dispatched rescue vessels to the scene. The Coast Guard arrived a short time later and transferred 12 passsengers off the Driade. Two passengers suffered injuries and later taken to hospital for treatment. The Driade crew were able to contain the blaze and a tug took the ferry under tow back to Naples.
On February 9, the 83 meter long ro-ropassenger ferry Tourist Ferry Boat Primo ran aground in the Tyrrhenian Sea on Ischia Island, Italy. The vessel had departed from Casamicciola with 8 fuel-trucks and drivers with 7 crew. The ferry was blown ashore after suffering engine problems. A tug was dispatched and attempted to pull the ferry off the beach without success. The Tourist Ferry Boat Primo was released a few days later. No reports of injuries, damage or pollution released.