This paper by Toby Ord states this: "There is substantial confusion about how to interpret the Hubble volume, with widespread erroneous claims that we could never affect (or see) galaxies beyond this limit.19 In fact, this radius is about 14.4 billion light years and is smaller than the affectable universe. We can thus affect some of the galaxies beyond the Hubble volume. This may at first sound impossible, since these galaxies are receding at a speed greater than that of light. But the explanation lies in the fact that proper velocities of the things we send after them (including light) also grow as they get further away from us (for the space between us expands) so these can exceed the speed of light too, and sometimes catch up. This will even happen in practice, for if you have ever shone a light into the sky, some of the photons released will eventually reach the edge of the affectable universe, and thus beyond the Hubble volume. By symmetry, some light from galaxies beyond the Hubble volume will eventually reach the Earth."
In his paper, the affectable universe (which he states cosmologists call the "event horizon") is a sphere with a 16.5 billion light-year radius (so slightly larger than the 14.4 billion light-year radius Hubble volume).
Either I'm completely misunderstanding, or his description doesn't seem correct at all. IIRC, the 16 bly event horizon is merely the region outside of which no light will ever reach us, and the reason why it is slightly larger than the Hubble volume is because the Hubble volume is increasing. This means that photons emitted by galaxies in a superluminal region inside of the cosmological event horizon can eventually enter inside of our Hubble sphere and be able to reach us. If the Hubble constant wasn't decreasing, the event horizon and the Hubble volume would be one and the same.
The reasoning outlined by Ord about being able to affect galaxies outside of the Hubble volume doesn't make sense to me. Sure, light will recede faster from Earth the more distance it covers due to expansion, but any object outside of the Hubble volume is already moving away at a rate that exceeds the speed of light and will also recede faster the further it goes. There's no way to close the distance. The space between any photon fired from Earth and any object beyond that horizon will only increase, causing the object beyond that horizon to move even faster away from the photon.
The reason why light emitted from a galaxy beyond the Hubble volume can reach us is not because that light is "catching up" - it is receding, but its rate of recession doesn't outpace the growth of our Hubble volume.
Am I simply misunderstanding?