Craig H. Allen

Judson Falknor Professor of Law, University of Washington

Craig Allen

challen@uw.edu

Craig Allen is a retired Coast Guard officer and cutterman and the Judson Falknor Professor of Law at the University of Washington who is now serving as the Distinguished Visiting Professor of Maritime Studies at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy and a Resident Fellow in the Academy's Center for Maritime Policy and Strategy.

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IMO Adopts Polar Code Amendments to STCW

By Craig H. Allen 2016-12-06 20:34:13

At its November 21-25, 2016 meeting, the International Maritime Organization’s Maritime Safety Committee (MSC) adopted resolution MSC.416(97), which amends the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW), 1978, along with resolution MSC.417(97), which amends Part A of the STCW Code. The amendments take effect on July 1, 2018 – not January 1, 2018, as previously announced. The additional six months will give maritime training centers the time needed to recruit qualified instructors and prepare courses for...

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International Court Orders Japan to Cease Whaling

By Craig H. Allen 2014-08-11 15:18:00

In a much anticipated decision, the International Court of Justice ruled on March 31, 2014, that the ongoing Japanese whaling activities in the Southern Ocean violate the International Convention on the Regulation of Whaling. More specifically, the court held that Japan’s current activities do not fall within the exception for scientific research, and are therefore in violation of the moratorium on commercial whaling. As a result, the court ordered Japan to cancel the existing permits and refrain from issuing any...

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U.S. to Defend Maritime Borders Against Potential Pandemic

By Craig H. Allen 2014-08-10 01:05:00

Op-Ed by Craig H. Allen Sr. The recent ebola outbreak compels us to ask: Is the U.S. prepared to defend its maritime borders against a potential pandemic? Marine insurers recently issued warnings advising ship operators trading to West Africa ports to take added precautions against exposure to the highly contagious Ebola virus currently ravaging that region, killing more than 900 and triggering a rare “level 1” emergency response by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). On August...

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Why a U.S. Coast Guard?

By Craig H. Allen 2014-07-22 10:39:00

In 2013 the Chinese government merged four maritime safety, security and law enforcement agencies to form the China Coast Guard. Just one year later, neighboring South Korea moved to dismantle its 60-year-old Coast Guard. That two rising Asian maritime powers have so recently come to opposite conclusions regarding how best to organize their maritime safety and security forces is remarkable. It gives new meaning to strategy discussions as the U.S. Coast Guard’s new senior leadership team takes command and the...

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Charting a Way Forward for America's National Maritime Policy

By Craig H. Allen 2013-12-16 14:12:00

The current issue of The Maritime Executive posits a coming “American maritime renaissance,” while simultaneously drawing attention to America’s embarrassing neglect of maritime policy.  When the ongoing national maritime policy debate turns, as it soon must, to an examination of the alternatives to craft a “way forward,” let’s hope our nation’s leaders have the wisdom to tap into the resources of the academic community, including the U.S. Coast Guard Academy’s Center for Maritime Policy and Strategy. U.S. Maritime Policy and...

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The Ship Masters Special Relationship to Passengers: Lessons from the 1841 William Brown Episode

By Craig H. Allen 2012-11-19 08:57:00

Written by Craig Allen Even while they mourned for those who perished in the Costa Concordia disaster off Italy’s Tuscan islands on January 13th, many who watched the story unfold expressed shock and outrage at the conduct of the ship’s captain, Francesco Shettino.  Transcripts of a heated exchange between Shettino and Italian Coast Guard Captain Gregorio De Falco demonstrate that Shettino did not simply suffer a momentary panic before regaining his composure and resuming his professional duties. He...

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Opinion: Preparing for Confrontations with Environmental Protestors in Arctic Waters

By Craig H. Allen 2012-11-19 08:57:00

Written by: Craig H. Allen Sr., U.S. Coast Guard Academy On Thursday, February 23rd, Admiral Bob Papp delivered his annual State of the Coast Guard address to a large audience assembled on the Coast Guard Island pier in Alameda, California.  Against the backdrop provided by the service’s new 418 ft. National Security Cutters, the Commandant highlighted some of the maritime challenges the nation will face in the coming years and how the Coast Guard will respond to them.  Those challenges...

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