Somebody somewhere was told to do a $100 job for $50. Probably by someone higher up who had absolutely no concern for the consequences, and could not see beyond keeping someone even higher up off his back. So He came up with some "reinterpretation" of what's needed that could be justified if things went bump in the night. As a result, charts
are updated for commercial shipping
, and "little boat" concerns are left to mellow with age, unless and until they hit the mid-week evening news when Congress is in Session, because some movie
star's daughter is hurt. Then they fire the poor schmuck, and the higher-ups pat themselves on the back (with performance bonuses) for being responsive to public issues.
Forms of government
vary dramatically, but all politicians think the same.