Mainbrace Live: All Aboard! What to Do Following COGSA and USCG Marine Casualty Investigations

Blank Rome-Hosted Live Webinar

Online Webinar




Blank Rome’s internationally recognized Maritime & International Trade practice group presents a new series of informative webinars on hot topics in the shipping industry. The series will feature up-and-coming talent in the firm. Sessions will include:

  • USCG Issues during a Marine Casualty

  • COGSA Fundamentals and Time Bars

  • Decarbonization

  • Insurance Requirements in Ship Financings

  • Jones Act Update and VIDA/VGP Status and Enforcement

  • Maritime Liens

  • Arrest Fundamentals and Acceptable Security Terms

  • State and Federal Court Distinctions and Admiralty Jurisdiction

  • Limitation of Liability

To open the series, Blank Rome Maritime partner William R. Bennett III and associates Zachary J. Wyatte and Vanessa C. DiDomenico will present “What to Do Following COGSA and USCG Marine Casualty Investigations” on Tuesday, November 2, 2021, from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m. EDT (6:00 to 7:00 a.m. PDT / 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. GMT).


Bill Bennett, Partner and Co-Chair, Maritime & International Trade


Zach Wyatte, Associate, Maritime
Topic: USCG Issues During a Marine Casualty

  • Best practices for immediately responding to and investigating a marine casualty
  • Understanding the U.S. Coast Guard’s duty to present evidence of criminal conduct to the U.S. Attorney General
  • How to manage the potential civil and criminal consequences of major casualties and resulting complex, multijurisdictional litigation to achieve the most favorable outcome

Vanessa DiDomenico, Associate, Maritime
Topic: COGSA Fundamentals + Time Bars

  • How the Carriage of Goods by Sea Act (“COGSA”) defines the relationship between ocean carrier and cargo owner
  • The 17 COGSA defenses that relieve carriers of any liability and what could cause a carrier to lose the right to package liability limitations

This webinar is approved for 1 general CLE credit hour* in the following jurisdictions:

  • CA
  • CT (by reciprocity)
  • NJ (by reciprocity)
  • NY (transitional and available for newly admitted attorneys)
  • PA
  • TX

*Credit dependent upon full 60 minute attendance. If you arrive late or leave prior to the program ending time, you will not receive partial credit.


Webinar 2: Maritime Environmental Update and the Role of Insurance in Ship Finance
November 16, 2021
Recording │ Materials

Webinar 3: Maritime Liens and Arrest Fundamentals
November 30, 2021
Recording │ Materials

Webinar 4: The Gateway to Federal Court: A Discussion of Admiralty Jurisdiction and Limitation of Liability
December 14, 2021
Recording │ Materials

QUESTIONS? Contact Alena Leon via e-mail.