Vessels sailing under the Brazil country flag are required to have on board this flag as part of flag state requirements that derive from maritime regulations in the International Code of Signals and the International Safety Management (ISM) Code. These codes are published by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) as an ongoing effort to reinforce maritime safety procedures and communications to the international maritime community. Fleet management companies and ship owners are responsible to ensure that each vessel in their respective fleets have the appropriate flag signage onboard to be in compliance. This flag is used to identify the flag state a vessel is sailing under and to communicate with other vessels under the provisions of the International Code of Signals.
Brazil's national flag is one of the most intricate and beautiful of all the flags around the world. It is a blue disc depicting a starry sky covering a curved band with the national motto inscription "Ordem e Progresso" Order and Progress, within a yellow diamond shape on a green field. Brazil officially adopted this flag design for its national flag day on the 19th of November, 1889. The concept for this flag was the work of Raimundo Teixeira Mendes. The green field and yellow diamond from the previous flag of Brazil remain. The green field represents the House of Braganza of Pedro I, the first Emperor of Brazil. The yellow is significant to the House of Habsburg and his wife, Empres Maria Leopoldina. A blue circle with 27 white, five-pointed stars replaced the arms of the Empire of Brazil. The stars, whose positiions have all been intricately placed, are designed to reflect the sky of Rio de Janeiro, as well as the union's federated state, each star for a specific state, plus one for the Federal District of Brazil.
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