It was a hectic end to 2017 for Navigate Response in Asia with many client training sessions, drills and a high-profile seminar in Hong Kong.
The half day seminar was held in conjunction with our partners Reed Smith, the leading international law firm and admiralty practise and took place at the Foreign Correspondents Club in.
A packed house of more than 70 shipping professionals heard six excellent presentations from senior Reed Smith shipping lawyers as well as papers from Navigate’s Chief Operating Officer in London, Dustin Eno and Operations Manager for Asia, Andrew Leahy.
Dustin gave a well-received talk on shipping’s reputation in relation to industry vetting procedures and Andrew’s paper focused on some high-profile casualties the group has worked on this year and some of the learning lessons which have arisen.
The talks were followed by a lively Q&A session, with many contributions from attendees relating to how the media perceives shipping and how social media can be managed in a crisis situation.
The seminar was attended by many Hong Kong based Navigate Response clients including high-profile ship managers and owners.
We were delighted to work with Reed Smith on this seminar as we were able to highlight the fact that expert media advisory for owners with a casualty situation goes hand in hand with expert legal advice. The two go together and, in many ways, managing a casualty is about how things are communicated.
Hong Kong is one of the great maritime centres and the market’s interest in professional media advisory there is real and it is needed. Our HK client list will grow further in 2018.