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Old 06-22-2010
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What is MARPA?

Whatever it is it can't be too formidable since it doesn't appear with any sea-related connection on the first three pages of a Google search.

If MARPA in the sailing context is what I think it is, what they stand for sometimes doesn't matter anymore. Would the MARPA POLICE prefer boats that have been abandonded floating around on top of the sea or resting on the bottom? Either way the pollution is the same. The danger in the first option are far more real.

And when a ship sinks, what are MARPA going to do? There are a lot of organisations around that have very high standards that they don't have to maintain themselves. Maybe MARPA isn't one of them but if they expect every vessel that gets into dire trouble at sea to be rescued and brought ashore they're living in a fool's paradise.

Ships have been sinking since they began sailing centuries ago and no organisation is going to change that.
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