Speaking Engagement

Lessons Learned from Major Accidents & Crisis Communications

2021 SAFETY4SEA Virtual Forum

Online Event

William R. Bennett III, who serves as co-chair of the firm’s Maritime & International Trade practice group, will speak on a panel at SAFETY4SEA’s 2021 Virtual Forum, being held October 19 through 21, 2021.

Bill’s panel, “Lessons Learned from Major Accidents & Crisis Communications,” will take place on Wednesday, October 20, at 9:00 a.m. EDT.


The explosion of the Deepwater Horizon in April 2010 caused the largest oil spill in U.S. history and subsequently considerable reputation and financial losses to stakeholders. Years have gone by and numerous shipping organizations have faced similar disruptive events having a negative impact to their reputation within the industry—the MV Wakashio and MV Ever Given being some of the most recent ones.

  • Which is now considered as the hottest piracy spot?
  • Why maritime accidents still happen? What are the key lessons to learn from previous disasters?
  • What are the most common types of accidents and the alarming trends?
  • What are the important issues to consider in the event of an accident?
  • What are the dos and don’ts when communicating a major accident?
  • How past and recent accidents have impacted industry’s image and what should we do to change any negative perceptions?


  • Dr. Nippin Anand, Novellus Solutions, Founder
  • William R. Bennett III, Blank Rome LLP, Partner
  • Capt. Yves Vandenborn, Standard Club – Protection and Indemnity (P&I) Insurance Club, Director of Loss Prevention

For more information or to register to attend, please visit the Forum event page.

You can learn more about this presentation in Lessons learned from major accidents & crisis communications at Safety4Sea's website.