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It's really, really hard to get rid of safety/environmental rules once they are in place, even if they are demonstrably stupid and unnecessary. No one wants to be the one to make something 'less safe', even if it's not actually less safe.I share your experiences and your head scratching. But I ask again, at what point is open stupidity addressed and challenged ?
Even the 2m meter standoff for cell phones and no smoking along the route for ammo doesn't really make much actual sense.
I think it took something like 20 years to get rid of the 'no smoking throughout ship, transferring fuel' pipe on the CPFs, even though they are almost continually transferring fuel in practice. Seriously, it's marine diesel; you can put out a cigarette in it.